Research Degree Programme

Over 20 years experience running research degree programmes, customised to meet individuals requirements.
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Since 2000, Markfield Institute has prioritised research as a major developmental goal and has offered doctorate level programmes on topics related to Islamic Studies, Islamic Education, and Islamic Banking, Finance and Management. Since its inception, the Postgraduate Research Degrees Programme (including MPhil and PhD) has attracted many national and international students who have successfully obtained research degrees.

The Institute has effectively developed a competent supervisory capacity encompassing a range of expertise related to Islam in a contemporary context. In addition to MIHE’s active research staff, the Institute has developed a network of researchers and visiting scholars, who enhance and contribute to the on-going research projects initiated by the Institute. The Institute organises a range of research training initiatives benefitting staff and research students.

Regular research seminars, workshops, symposiums and conferences facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas and thinking, and share best research practices.


Entry requirements

Candidates wishing to apply for admission onto the research degree programme must hold a UK equivalent Bachelor’s degree with honours, or a Master’s degree in a cognate area. Copies of all academic qualifications, proof of identity, and names and contact addresses of two academic referees are required.
Please note that MIHE cannot accept any other documents such as school letters or references as proof of English proficiency nor the General English IELTS test results - we can only accept the results from IELTS Academic Test from a UKVI approved test centre.

Research Areas

Applicants pursuing research interests in the following and related areas are eligible to apply:
  • Islamic Studies (History, Philosophy and Theology, Ethics, Law, the Qur’an, Hadith/Sunnah and Sirah)
  • Islam and Educational Studies
  • Islamic Economics, Finance, Micro-finance, Accounting and Banking
  • Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Inter-Faith Relations
  • Pastoral Care (Chaplaincy) and Counselling
  • Muslims in Britain
  • Islam and Modernity
  • Islamic Revivalism, Islam and Politics, Democracy and Social Change
  • Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Management including Cross-cultural Management
  • Social, Economic and Political Implications of Technology
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Application Process

Applications are submitted using the online application form. On receipt of your application you will be contacted by the Research Administrator who will provide instructions on submitting your initial research proposal, which should not exceed 2,000 words. The initial research proposal should include the following information:
  • Title (working title of your proposed research)
  • Abstract (up to 200 words)
  • Background information/brief summary of literature to highlight why your research will be important and what gaps in literature it aims to fill
  • The hypothesis/key arguments and objectives
  • Research methodology
  • Ethical considerations
  • Summary and conclusions
  • Islam and Modernity
Your application and proposal will be considered by the Research Committee. If successful, you will be assigned research supervisors (a minimum of two).
Requirements for registering research students: Once you formally commence your research you will attend a series of research training sessions and research supervision meetings (where you will receive guidance and support, enabling progress to be monitored). Research students are expected to remain in close contact with their supervisory team. Opportunities may arise for research degree students to engage in sessional teaching at the Institute. Students are supported throughout this process.

The first six months are used to finalise your research proposal and plan the research project. This is subject to approval by both Markfield Institute and the validating university. This approval will indicate whether you are permitted to proceed with the MPhil/PhD programme.

Guidelines for writing a research proposal

It is expected when you apply for a research degree that you should have a clear research topic in mind and are also aware of the disciplines related to this topic.

Try to introduce your topic by making references to the previously published relevant research and make sure you illustrate familiarity with published research in related fields. In the initial stage of your application we would like to have at least a basic concept research paper [between 1,500 to 2,000 words] containing the following central components:
Introduction section
Aims & Objectives of the Study
Research Methodology
If your topic is related to classical Islamic studies discipline then your methodological choice will reflect broadly a historical/critical comparative textual analysis.  As such you will be clarifying your primary sources together with secondary and contemporary related literature.

You have to make sure you are following an appropriate transliteration and the historical context of the proposed study.
Significance of the study
Basic references & bibliography

Home and EU Fees

Full time - 3 years
Full-time course per annum.
Part-time - 6 years
Part-time course per annum.
Whats included? The fee includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes: study materials, re-examination, residential accomodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs.

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