MA Islamic Education

What is this course about?

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.

Entry Requirements

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 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). For a list of UKVI approved test centres please use the following link: UKVI approved test centres.

Course Structure

 

  • 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)

Modules

Dissertation

  • Module Code: MF7 600
  • Credits: 60
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islamic Education: Theory and Practice

  • Module Code: MF7 905
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Educational Studies: Religion, Pedagogy, and Identity Formation

  • Module Code: MF7 906
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Sciences of the Qur’an

  • Module Code: MF7 601
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Sunnah and Sirah

  • Module Code: MF7 602
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islamic Law

  • Module Code: MF7 603
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islamic Theology and Philosophy

  • Module Code: MF7 605
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islam and Modernity

  • Module Code: MF7 606
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islam, Education, and Development

  • Module Code: MF7 804
  • 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 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

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.