MA Islam and Pastoral Care

Degree Type

MA Islam and Pastoral Care

 

The MA in Islam and Pastoral Care programme critically explores theological and practical issues related to pastoral care and counselling in a Muslim context. The course will provide students with a critical understanding of the background of pastoral care in Islam and its history, and encourage them to reflect theologically on the demands Islam places on the concept of Khidmah (service). The programme includes a range of optional modules that prepare students to contextualise their studies while addressing contemporary pastoral care challenges.

The need for Muslim pastoral care professions/chaplains in universities, hospitals, prison and probationary services and in the armed forces in the UK and Europe, in general, is now well established. Muslims pastoral care professions/chaplains are required to provide high quality pastoral and spiritual care in a variety of contexts. This programme employs a multi-disciplinary approach to working with people and offers a grounding in ethical and theological aspects in the role of pastoral care professionals.

Based on the developmental needs of Muslim communities, this programme would be of interest to those who wish to enhance the intellectual, as well as, reflective and practical competence of the subject. It should be useful to those who wish to develop their reflective skills that will enable them to understand and assess Islamic approaches to pastoral care.  

The taught modules are delivered through a mode of blended learning, which combines traditional classroom (face-to-face) methods and guided independent study with online learning. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, occasional workshops, peer group learning (such as delivering presentations to the class), study visits and independent study (as this provides the opportunity to develop students’ skills in research, interpretation and analysis).

The Course is offered on both a full-time (12 months, over three semesters) and part-time (24 months, over six semesters) basis.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for all the MA programmes is a good honours degree (Level 6) from a UK university or an overseas university confirmed by NARIC as equivalent and subject to UKVI’s English language requirements.

Mature applicants or applicants who do not have conventional Level 6 qualifications may be considered on the basis of their professional level qualifications and/or experience in accordance with the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy. Such candidates may be admitted through the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures (Recognition of Prior Learning (RP) policy). In addition, students, who have additional qualifications in cognate areas or considerable professional experience may also be exempted with up to a maximum of 80, level 7 credits via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process (Recognition of Prior Learning (RP) policy).

International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to ensure that they have an IELTS test from a UKVI approved test centre. Applicants would need to have achieved an average score of 6.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening). 

Programme Structure

Students will need to complete a certain number of credits to achieve the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: Awarded on the basis of 60 credits which must include 45 credits from core modules.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Awarded on the basis of 120 credits, as for the MA degree but excluding the dissertation module.
  • MA Degree: 180 credits, which includes the dissertation.

 

Module Code

Title

Credits

Core or option

Assessment

MF7 600

MA Dissertation

Core

60

100% coursework

MF7 900

Pastoral Care - Theological Reflection

Core

20

100% coursework

MF7 901

Pastoral Care - Practical Reflection

Core

20

100% coursework

MF7 601

Sciences of the Quran

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 602

Sunnah and Sirah

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 603

Islamic Law

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 604

Muslim History and Civilisation

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 605

Islamic Theology and Philosophy

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 606

Islam and Modernity

Option

20

 

 

Contact Hours

For 20 credit module:

  • Scheduled: 48 hours
  • Independent: 152 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

For the normal route, each taught 20 credit module will have 4 hours/ per week scheduled contact time for one semester (12 weeks) which includes blended learning activities. The modules will be delivered by blended learning, which employs multiple methods to deliver learning by combining face-to-face interactions with online activities. Face-to-face interactions include lectures, seminars/tutorials, student presentations, and one-to-one support. In addition, students will be expected to engage in independent study to prepare for weekly classes, formative assessments, and examinations/coursework for each module.

Our staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting on the subject area.

Career Paths

Graduates of the Masters in Islam, Pastoral Care and Counselling programme may proceed onto PhD research. Career choices include senior pastoral care/chaplaincy roles in a range of contexts including education, prison and probation services, and social and health care professions; youth and community work; policy making roles in pastoral care at local and national governmental level, and advisory/consultative positions in NGOs, the charitable sector, international corporations, interfaith relations, media and research.

How to Apply

If you wish to join any of our programmes, please complete an online application from the website www.mihe.ac.uk, mentioning details of your academic qualifications and outlining your motivation for applying for your chosen course. You will also need to include two references.  Applications for the February intake should be received by mid-January, and for the September intake by mid-August.  If you need any further advice or assistance please email us at admission@mihe.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Please see details for the tuition fees for both UK and overseas students at: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS on this website.