MA Islamic Education (subject to revalidation)

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Start date
Jan 29, 2024
Sep 18, 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 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.

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: 180credits (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

Contact hours or guided learning hours are the number of hours a student will be taught and/or supported by their tutors during their studies. This includes direct teaching, guidance or supervision time. In addition, students are expected to spend additional time to attempt tutor set tasks and reading, completing their assessments, as well as independent study to learn the material covered in order to complete the qualification.

Each module is worth a certain number of credits. Each credit is estimated to be 10 hours of learning. For example, a 20-credit module requires 200 hours of learning, and this will include scheduled contact hours with your tutor(four hours/week online and/or in-person class attendance, and 48 hours over a 12 weeks semester). The remaining time is for the student to engage in tutor guided reading and tasks set for them, and also completing assessments.

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 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

Please note that this course is not a teaching qualification nor does it lead to Qualified Teacher Status. If applicants wish to pursue a teaching qualification (such as a PGCE in teaching route), they can apply to Newman University (or other universities that offer such courses) and will need a UK equivalent bachelor’s level degree (Level 6) as an essential entry requirement.

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.
What's included? The fees includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes: study materials, re-examination, residential accommodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs. Please also note that the tuition fees above are for ONE YEAR of study, and therefore, those on undergraduate programmes that are more than one year, will need to pay the above tuition fees for each year of study.

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

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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