MA in Muslim Chaplaincy

Degree Type

The MA in Muslim Chaplaincy programme critically explores theological and practical issues related to Muslim chaplaincy. 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 chaplains in universities, hospitals, prisons and in the armed services in the UK and Europe, in general, is now well established. Muslims 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 both pastoral and theological aspects of the chaplaincy role.

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 practitioners of chaplaincy, ‘ulama, ‘alimahs, along with those who wish to develop their reflective skills that will enable them to understand and assess Islamic approaches to pastoral care.  

MIHE offers an opportunity to study Muslim Chaplaincy based on Islamic sources along with contemporary critical analysis applied to the study of Islam and modern Muslim society. Specialist staff offer expertise in Muslim chaplaincy, via a friendly teaching environment for students from diverse backgrounds.

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

Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally need to have achieved an honours degree from a UK university or an overseas university agreed by NARIC as equivalent. 

Students may also enter with up to 90 level 7 credits via the accreditation of prior learning (APL). 

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 will 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). For a list of UKVI approved test centres please use the following link: UKVI approved test centre

Programme Structure

  • 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 including the dissertation.

Core Modules:

Module Name

Credits

Assessments

Muslim Chaplaincy - Theological Reflection

15

100% Coursework

Muslim Chaplaincy - Practical Reflection

30

100% Coursework

Research Methodology

15

100% Coursework

Dissertation

60

100% Coursework

Optional Modules

Module Name

Credits

Assessments

Islam and Pluralism

30

100% Coursework

Sirah - Life of the Prophet Muhammad

15

100% Coursework

Muslims in Britain

15

100% Coursework

Islamic Theology and Philosophy

15

100% Coursework

Sufism (Tasawwuf)

15

100% Coursework

Contact Hours

For 15 credit module:

  • Scheduled: 36 hours
  • Independent: 114 hours
  • Total: 150 hours

Each taught 15 credit module will have 3 hours a week scheduled contact time for one semester (12 weeks). The modules will be delivered by blended learning, which employs multiple methods to deliver learning by combining face-to-face interactions based at the MIHE campus with online activities. Face-to-face interactions include lectures, seminars/tutorials, students 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 Muslim Chaplaincy programme may proceed onto PhD research. Career choices include senior chaplaincy roles in a range of contexts; policy making roles at local and national governmental level, and advisory/consultative positions in NGOs, the charitable sector, international corporations, interfaith relations, media and research, along with a wide range of options in the educational sector.

A Master’s degree in Muslim Chaplaincy may be beneficial for imams/religious ministers, chaplains, plus lecturers/teachers who are aspiring to further advance their careers.

How to Apply

If you wish to join the MA Muslim Chaplaincy programme, 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. At a later stage in your application you will also need to include two references, one of which should be academic.  Applications for the February intake should be received by mid-January, and for the September intake by the end of August.  If you need any further advice or assistance please email us at info@mihe.ac.uk.

Fees and Funding

The 2016-17 tuition fee for UK and EU students is £4,500/year and £7,500/year for overseas full-time students. What's included? The fee includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes: study materials, re-examination (re-takes), residential accommodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs.