Research Degrees

Degree Type

Research at Markfield Institute of Higher Education

Since 2000, Markfield Institute has prioritised research as one of its major development goals and has been running doctorate level programmes in Islamic Studies, Islamic Education, and Islamic Banking, Finance and Management. The Postgraduate Research Degrees Programme (including MPhil and PhD) is currently validated by the University of Gloucestershire and has attracted a number of national and international students. However, the Institute is not currently recruiting any further research degree students until further notice.

Over the years, the Institute has built a competent supervisory capacity in a range of areas related to Islam in the contemporary context. In addition to MIHE’s active research staff, the Institute has developed a network of researchers and visiting scholars, who enhance and contribute to the ongoing research projects initiated by the Institute. The Institute also organises ongoing research training for staff and research students. It holds regular research seminars, workshops, symposiums and conferences to enable the cross-fertilisation of ideas and thinking, and sharing of the best research practices. 

The Institute’s Research Degrees Committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss and plan research, to monitor research students’ progress and to ensure the quality and standards of research are being maintained.


Opportunities for Visiting Scholars

The Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE) welcomes visiting scholars from around the globe who would like to carry out research and/or enhance their research experience in a UK context in order to pursue or advance their career in academia, research, or any other field.

Set in the tranquil Leicestershire countryside in the UK, the Institute offers a one-year (or less) unique opportunity to visiting scholars to conduct research on a wide range of subjects related to Islamic studies and Muslims in Europe. Academic support and research supervision is available in the following areas:

  • Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking
  • Islamic Studies – including Shari’ah and Islamic Law; Seerah, Hadith and Qur’an; Islamic History; Islamic Philosophy
  • Islamic Management; International Management; Change Management; Sustainable Islamic Development
  • Islamic Education and Teaching
  • Muslim Chaplaincy
  • Interfaith Studies
  • Topics related to Islam and the West; Muslims in Britain and Europe; Islamophobia, etc.
  • Islamic Revivalist Movements
  • Islamic Ethics – including medical ethics
  • Islamic Architecture and Design



Candidates must hold a doctoral level degree and will need to submit the following information to to enable us make a decision on their application:

  • A detailed 1500-2000 words research proposal including a time-frame to conduct the research;
  • A current CV and references;
  • Support letter / Sponsorship guarantee;
  • Copy of doctoral certificate; and
  • A passport copy.


Some of the topics our recent and current research students have engaged with are listed below:

  • Electronic Commerce, Electronic Contracts and Methods of Protection for Business Partners and Consumers: A Case Study of United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • An Islamic approach to the rehabilitation of Muslim prisoners: an empirical case study

  • Islamic Education and Leadership: An empirical investigation into 'Leadership' models in contemporary Islamic Institutes of Higher Education in the UK.'

  • The Impact of Frequent Central Policy Changes on the Administrative Systems in Yemen during the 20th century: a historical and analytical study

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council Foreign Policy towards the Peace Process in the Middle East Between 1991 and 2005 with Special Reference to Qatar

  • Exploring the role of Muslim faith-based schools in Birmingham in meeting the religious, cultural and educational needs of Muslim children and expectations of parents

  • Teaching of Western Literary Theories in Higher Education Institutions in Bangladesh: an empirical case study

  • Socio-political impact of religious movements in AJK Pakistan and their role in building a new Islamic society

  • An analysis of the legal issues related to the establishment of an Islamic private/occupational pension fund under English law

  • The role of Islamic Microfinance Institutions (IMFSs) in poverty alleviation: A case study of Aceh province in Indonesia (2009-2013)

  • The Development of Muslim Chaplaincy in Higher Education in England since 1985: special Reference to Muslim Chaplains' roles and training needs

  • The implications of  Incorporated Cash Waqfs during the  17th and 18th Century Ottoman society on the Current Islamic Financial Institutions in Turkey

  • The Competition, Efficiency, and Stability of Malaysian Islamic and Conventional Banks

  • Religious Diversity among British Muslims and its Effects on Community Tension and Cohesion

  • The Role of Religion and Culture on the Implementation of Security Arrangements at the two selected case airports in UAE

  • A Generational Gap: changing perception of family in South Asian Muslims in London.

  • Exploring the Legal Aspects of Waqf and its Revival with the Context of the Modern World