MEd in Islamic Education: New Perspectives

Degree Type
Course Leader

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; developing comparative perspectives on faith-based education; and formulating pedagogic responses to extremism and radicalisation that consciously harness the ‘hidden curriculum’. 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.

This course 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 Western secular education.

The key features of the programme include:

  • Intercultural awareness
  • Application of theory and furthering good practice in Islamic education
  • Developing active critical awareness and research skills
  • Developing transformative Islamic pedagogies
  • Facilitating research based self-assessment and professional development

The MEd in Islamic Education 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.
  • MEd Degree: 180 credits including the dissertation

Core Modules

Module Name

Credits

Assessments

Islamic Education: Theory and Practice

 30

100% Coursework

Educational Studies: Religion, Pedagogy and Identity Formation

 15

100% Coursework

Research Methodolgy

 15

100% Coursework

Dissertation (Islamic Education)

 60

100% Coursework

 

Optional Modules

Module Name

Credits

Assessments

 Muslims in Britain

 15

100% Coursework

 Islam And Pluralism

 30

100% Coursework

 Islamic History

 30

100% Coursework

 Life of the Prophet Muhammad

 15

100% Coursework

 Islamic Sources: Qur'an and Sunnah

 30

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

The Course Leader for the MEd in Islamic Education programme is Dr Dawud Bone. He brings to this course both theoretical insights and practical experience in educational studies. In addition to a professional doctorate in Education from the University of Warwick, he has extensive and rich experience in teaching, management, and leadership of both conventional and Islamic institutions gained over a period of 30 years at all levels from early years to post-compulsory education and higher education which informs his teaching and academic research.

Individual modules on this programme are taught by a range of highly qualified staff, a number of whom hold a PhD as well as traditional (Alim) qualifications from some of the most renowned Islamic educational institutions in the world. All tutors are highly qualified and enthusiastic academics with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting the subject area.

Career Paths

The MEd programme In Islamic Education aims to increase career opportunities for Muslim educators, imams, activists and youth workers operating in educational fields. An MEd in Islamic Education would be beneficial for current teachers and educationalists working within Muslim communities. This programme will enrich your understanding of the Muslim faith and how you can apply it to your work in education. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to face the challenges involved in teaching Islam in contemporary multi-faith Britain and Europe, and to better support the needs of children in all subject areas.

How to Apply

If you wish to join the MEd Islamic Education: New Perspectives 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.

 

"Studying the MEd course has been a life-changing experience for me. It has transformed the way I think about education and how I educate Islamically. The course has exceeded my expectations and given me confidence to train others in Islamic pedagogy” (Aniqa Rashid, MEd graduate)