BA Islamic Studies with Pastoral Care

What is this course about?

This pathway provides students with an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of Islamic studies together with a grounding in pastoral care and counselling theory and practice. The programme has been designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills to enable them to critically analyse a range of perspectives and debates surrounding Islam and pastoral care and counselling in the contemporary, and Muslim professional context in particular.

Level 4 (Year 1) of the programme is common for all undergraduate pathways as this provides strong foundations in the core Islamic sciences. Levels 5 and 6 of the programme provides students, in addition to Islamic studies modules, an opportunity to develop more in-depth knowledge and understanding of pastoral care and counselling theory, and the academic skills required to critically analyse and evaluate issues, research, engage with policy and improve practice, targeting Muslim communities in a range of contexts. It will draw on the knowledge and experience of researchers and professionals operating in the field. Students will have an opportunity to access work settings through study visits enabling them to learn directly from professionals in the field and their experiences.

For those students graduating from recognised Islamic seminaries (Dar al-‘ulum or Jamia) may be awarded exemptions from Level 4 of the programme through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and can enter the programme at Level 5, shortening the degree duration to two years.

At the Markfield Institute, students benefit from small class sizes, individual attention, personalised teaching support and access to an extensive range of both English and Arabic resources housed within our Islamic library. The course employs a range of teaching and learning methods both in and outside the classroom. As students’ progress in their studies, they will be encouraged to choose from optional modules to specialise in areas of their interest.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) are normally required plus 5 GCSE’s (which includes a pass in English) or equivalent. Qualifications from established Dar al-ulum (Islamic seminaries) are also acceptable.

The course opens a pathway for those with an Islamic Studies background, especially those graduating from Dar al-ulum, who may gain exemptions from Year One of the course through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), thereby shortening the length of time spent on the degree from three to two years.

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 5.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 5.5 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 centres.

Course Structure

This is a three-year full-time course which offers the options of completion at three levels:

  • 120 credits      Certificate in Higher Education
  • 240 credits      Diploma in Higher Education
  • 360 credits      BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies with Pastoral Care

Year One Modules

Classical Arabic

  • Module Code: BISA 400
  • Credits: 40
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 80% Examination
  • 20% Coursework

Introduction to the Qur’an and its Sciences

  • Module Code: BISA 401
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Introduction to Hadith and its Sciences

  • Module Code: BISA 402
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

  • Module Code: BISA 403
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islamic History: Life of the Prophet() (Sirah)

  • Module Code: BISA 404
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Fiqh Muamalat (Islamic Commercial Law)

  • Module Code: BIFA 400
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • Component 1: 40% Coursework
  • Component 2: 60% Examination

Year Two Modules

Research and Information Analysis Skills

  • Module Code: BISA 500
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 50% Coursework
  • 50% Examination

Introduction to Religious Studies

  • Module Code: BISA 501
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Approaches to Islamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Module Code: BIPC 500
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Muslim Chaplaincy in Practice

  • Module Code: BIPC 501
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

  • Module Code: BISA 502
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islamic Philosophy and Tasawuff

  • Module Code: BISA 503
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Muslims in Contemporary

  • Module Code: BISA 504
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islam in the Modern World

  • Module Code: BISA 505
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Year Three Modules

Dissertation

  • Module Code: BISA 600
  • Credits: 40
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Ethics, Morals and Pastoral Care

  • Module Code: BIPC 600
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islam and Pastoral Care: Health and Healing

  • Module Code: BIPC 601
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Maqasid al-Shariah (Objectives of Islamic Law)

  • Module Code: BISA 601
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Introduction to Sufism

  • Module Code: BISA 604
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Study of Islamic History

  • Module Code: BISA 605
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islam, Gender and Sexuality

  • Module Code: BISA 606
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islamic Revivalist Movements in the Modern Period

  • Module Code: BISA 607
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Contact Hours

For 20 credit modules:

  • Scheduled: 48 hours
  • Independent: 152 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

For the normal route, each 20 credit module will have 4 hours/ per week scheduled contact time for one semester (12 weeks), including 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.

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 the subject area. For a list of current staff, please click here.

Career Paths

The programme opens up a number of career paths related to pastoral care and chaplaincy including in education, prison and probation services, and social and health care professions; youth and community work; policy making roles in pastoral care at local and national governmental level, and advisory/consultative positions in NGOs, the charitable sector, international corporations, interfaith relations, media and research. Those graduating from this programme can also go on to pursue Masters level studies at the Markfield Institute, or an Introductory Certificate in Counselling, followed by an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at Newman University Birmingham, or similar courses at other universities, if they wish to pursue professional careers in counselling related fields.

How to Apply

If you wish to join any of our courses, 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. 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

Please see details for the tuition fees for both UK and overseas students at: Fees and Financial Support.