MA Islamic Studies

What is this course about?

The MA Islamic Studies programme employs a critical and analytical approach to the study of Islam and contemporary Muslim society. The course examines the sources and origins of Islamic thought and practice, in particular the Qur’an and Sunnah, together with a knowledge and understanding of the life of the Prophet Muhammad and its contemporary significance. In addition, it offers a wide range of optional modules that will prepare students to contextualise Islamic Studies and be able to critically analyse contemporary debates and issues concerning Islam and Muslims.

The MA in Islamic Studies is offered on both a full-time (12 months, over three semesters) and part-time (24 months, over six semesters) basis.

The taught modules are delivered through a mode of blended learning, which combines traditional class-based methods and guided independent study with online learning.  Lectures, tutorials, seminars, occasional workshops, peer group learning (such as delivering presentations to the class), study visits and independent study are incorporated into the programme. The dissertation allows students to choose their own area of interest as a focus for research.

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

Sciences of the Qur’an

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

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Sunnah and Sirah

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

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

Objectives of Shari’ah: Social Responsibility Perspective

  • Module Code: MF7 705
  • Credits: 20
  • Option

Assessment:

  • 100% Coursework

Islam and Development Policy

  • Module Code: MF7 803
  • 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

Graduates of the Masters of Islamic Studies Programme may proceed onto PhD Research. They can also seek employment opportunities in organisations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in a broad range of positions and roles. The MA course opens up opportunities for careers that demand postgraduate skills in Islamic Studies such as in research, community leadership, policy analysis and consultancy, NGOs, Media international development, and which require multi-disciplinary understanding to address challenges in their community, workplace and in the world, as well as for becoming researchers in the field.

Career choices also include a wide range of areas such as policy-making roles at local and national governmental level, and advisory/consultative positions in Civil services or NGOs; or working with Muslim specialised journalism and media; Islamic education; chaplaincy (pastoral care); charitable sectors; community service; international corporation, interfaith relations, Shariah advisors; the public sector – including the civil service; banking/finance; legal studies and post-graduate studies and research.

A Master’s degree in Islamic Studies may be beneficial for policymakers, imams/religious ministers, chaplains, plus lecturers/teachers who are aspiring to further advance their careers.

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.