Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy

Degree Type


Muslims are part of the religious and cultural landscape of Britain. As with other communities, they are affected by a number of social problems in all sections of society. The need is growing for Muslim chaplains in Further and Higher Education, the National Health Service (including hospices), social welfare, prisons, the Police, Armed Forces and Industry. An overview of the situation in Europe reveals a similar pattern. As Muslims become an integral entity within the social fabric, the development of strong institutional infrastructures become essential. 

The development of specific courses which facilitate and train professionals working in the areas of chaplaincy and pastoral care are illustrated by the current situation of Muslim communities in the UK particularly, and in Europe generally. It is with this in mind that MIHE devised a course in the ‘Training of Muslim Chaplains’ in 2003 and has delivered successfully ever since. The aim is to contribute to the creation of sound and stable communities able to function harmoniously within the framework and institutions of wider society. 

The course has two parts, theoretical and practical. 

The theoretical part consists of: 
» Introduction to chaplaincy work 
» Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 
» Introduction to the Health Service System 
» Introduction to the Education System 
» Methodology of communication 
» Pastoral care in Islam 
» Counselling skills – listening skills 
» Spiritual development – an Islamic perspective 
» Interfaith relations 

The practical part of the course will involve at least 60 hours of placement in a prison, a hospital or an educational establishment. The objective of the placement is to enable each student to observe closely and, wherever possible, practice and experience an area relevant to his or her field of interest. Within the context of the placement, the student should be able to demonstrate his or her ability in relating the skills and knowledge gained from the course. This will help to integrate theory and practise and to develop good learning patterns for the future. For practical training, students will undertake supervised training in either HM Prison Service, NHS Hospital or in Further or Higher Education chaplaincy.

VENUE:                       DATE:     Course Fee:            
MARKFIELD     February to October 2020    £1300

The course consists of 8 days over 8 months and will focus on three areas of Muslim Chaplaincy:

» HM Prison Service 
» NHS Hospital 
» Further or Higher Education Chaplaincy 

Dates:  2020

Day One     Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Day Two     Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Day Three  Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Day Four    Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Day Five    Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Day Six      Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Day Seven Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Day Eight   Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Admission Requirements

Candidates should have good inter-personal skills, some experience of community work and be competent in English as well as have a basic understanding of theology and religion. Prospective students may be asked to attend an interview. They will be required to demonstrate experience and maturity. 

Application Form

Please find the application form here.

Who Is This Course For?

Male and female chaplains, community and youth workers, advisors/consultants on religious matters, Imams, managers of mosques, madrassahs and Islamic cultural centres and anyone interested in chaplaincy work. 

Assessment Requirements

This will consist of written assignments, attendance, presentations, personal placement journal, group work and placement report. 

Award Of Qualification

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a ‘Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy'.

For all enquiries, please contact:  

Address Markfield Institute of Higher Education
Ratby Lane
LE67 9SY
Tel 01530 244 922 [ext 282]
Fax 01530 243102
Email ruqaiyah.hibell@mihe.org.uk