MA Islam and Pastoral Care

What is this course about?

The MA in Islam and Pastoral Care programme critically explores theological and practical issues related to pastoral care and counselling in a Muslim context. The course will provide students with a critical understanding of the background of pastoral care in Islam and its history, and encourage them to reflect theologically on the demands Islam places on the concept of Khidmah (service). The programme includes a range of optional modules that prepare students to contextualise their studies while addressing contemporary pastoral care challenges.

The need for Muslim pastoral care professions/chaplains in universities, hospitals, prison and probationary services and in the armed forces in the UK and Europe, in general, is now well established. Muslims pastoral care professions/chaplains are required to provide high quality pastoral and spiritual care in a variety of contexts. This programme employs a multi-disciplinary approach to working with people and offers a grounding in ethical and theological aspects in the role of pastoral care professionals.

Based on the developmental needs of Muslim communities, this programme would be of interest to those who wish to enhance the intellectual, as well as, reflective and practical competence of the subject. It should be useful to those who wish to develop their reflective skills that will enable them to understand and assess Islamic approaches to pastoral care.

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

Pastoral Care – Theological Reflection

  • Module Code: MF7 900
  • Credits: 20
  • Core

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Pastoral Care – Practical Reflection

  • Module Code: MF7 901
  • 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

Muslim History and Civilisation

  • Module Code: MF7 604
  • 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

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

Graduates of the Masters in Islam, Pastoral Care and Counselling programme may proceed onto PhD research. Career choices include senior pastoral care/chaplaincy roles in a range of contexts including 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.

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.