MA Islamic Education

Degree Type

MA Islamic Education

 

This programme engages students in a critical and in-depth examination of the historical, theological and philosophical aspects of both classical and modern Muslim educational thought and institutions.

Contemporary challenges for educators include the extent to which traditional models of Islamic education can be applied to contemporary contexts; evaluating perceptions of contemporary educational practice in the wider Muslim world; and developing comparative perspectives on faith-based education. A deeper and critical understanding of the theories and approaches to education from both conventional and classical Islamic approaches is vital for educators and institutions to respond to these challenges and develop effective education systems.

The programme offers a holistic approach to Islamic education that critically examines the challenges of cultural and religious diversity from an inclusive perspective. It combines analytical engagement with traditional Muslim educational thought and modern secular education.

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 905

Islamic Education: Theory and Practice

Core

20

100% coursework

MF7 906

Educational Studies: Religion, Pedagogy and Identity Formation

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 605

Islamic Theology and Philosophy

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 606

Islam and Modernity

Option

20

100% coursework

MF7 804

Islam, Education and Development

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

The MA in Islamic Education aims to increase career opportunities for educators working in a faith-based context in education practice, policy or research. Graduates from this programme may proceed onto PhD research. They can also pursue careers that demand postgraduate skills in education such as in research, formal and informal educational settings, community leadership, policy analysis and education consultancy, international development, and which require multi-disciplinary understanding to address challenges in community, workplace and in the world.

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 admissions@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