MA Islam and Sustainable Development

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Start date
Jan 30, 2023
Sep 25, 2023
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Typical offer
Honours Degree
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Full-Time (12 Months) or Part-Time (24 Months)
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UK: £


This unique programme responds to the emerging sustainable development agenda, which has become a key policy determinant in many societies. Contemporary debates and frameworks for sustainable development programmes have devoted insufficient attention to the role of ethics, values and social justice in ensuring sustainable outcomes for all stakeholders. The position of religion in general, and Islam in particular has not received due consideration.

The programme critically explores a range of perspectives and debates surrounding Islam and sustainable development in the contemporary global environment and professional context. It provides students with a critical understanding of sustainable development theory and practice, and the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate sustainable development research, policy and practice, targeting Muslim communities in a range of contexts.

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

Full Scholarships for this course are provided by the Aziz Foundation (for UK nationals only). Please contact MIHE for more details.

Course structure


The Course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

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.

MA Degree: 180 credits (including the dissertation)

Please note that our modules are subject to change – we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Contact hours

For a 20-credit module:

  • Scheduled contact hours: 48 hours
  • Guided independent learning: 152 hours
  • Total learning hours: 200 hours

For the normal full-time 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.

Teaching staff

Students will be 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 the subject area.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: 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 80 Level 7 credits via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to ensure that they also 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).Please use the following link to find UKVI approved test centres: UKVI approved test centres

Fees and funding

UK and EU
Full-time course per annum. Studying at the Markfield campus.
Full-time course per annum. Studying at the Markfield campus.
Whats included? The fee includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes: study materials, re-examination, residential accomodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs.

Career paths

The MA in Islam and Sustainable Development programme aims to develop students’ employability skills that are required for professional and senior positions in sustainable development. Through the programme students will develop critical analysis skills, critical self-reflection, critical evaluation of complex and potentially contradictory arguments, research skills, advanced communication skills both oral and written, resilience and self-advocacy, integrity, ethics and the ability to manage time effectively.

Graduates of this programme will typically find work in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in a broad range of sustainable development positions and roles such as in research, teaching, policy analysis and formulation, strategic leadership, management, consultancy, sustainable development programme and project planning, delivery and monitoring, and international development.

How to apply

All prospective students must complete an application form. To gain a place at the Markfield Institute you will need to meet our general entry requirements and the specific entry requirements of your chosen course. Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Team for your course, who will decide whether your application should receive an offer. Specific entrance requirements for individual courses can be found on individual course pages on this website. Entry to our postgraduate programmes usually requires a good Honours degree, or equivalent if you were educated outside the UK. After considering your application and documents, MIHE will send the candidate an email about the outcome of his/her application. Successful candidates will be sent an offer letter by email informing them about fees and the level and exact title of the course. Unsuccessful candidates will be informed by email.All students must complete an application form. If you are unable to complete this form for any reason, please contact

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