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Islam in the Twenty-First Century (CertHE)

The CertHE Islam in the 21st century is for those who want to study Islam and Islamic culture and practice today, while reflecting on its rich religious, intellectual and cultural heritage.

The programme is designed for those seeking an entry route to study Islam within a university accredited, online distance learning course. 


Islam in the Twenty-First Century (CertHE)

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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Develop an understanding of Islam and modern societies in diverse contexts in a flexible and accessible programme of study.
  2. Focus on your personal interests, while developing a broad overview of the field.
  3. Work on developing key skills both for work and for further academic study.
  4. Be part of a diverse university community (online and on-campus) where you can develop new networks of knowledge and interest.
  5. Study in your own time, fitting study around your work and personal commitments.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Certificate will help you understand the influences which have impacted upon the development of Islam in the UK. You will get an introduction to the academic study of Islam and Muslims.

You will engage with the study of Islam and Muslims in the 21st century, and take part in informed discussion and exploration of relevant source materials associated with the study of Islam, by engagement with and critically analysis of diverse themes and academic approaches. 

At the end of the programme, you will have acquired knowledge of key concepts impacting on Islam in the 21st Century. You will have developed understanding of the key resources necessary to present, evaluate and interpret central influences on Muslims in the UK. And you will be able to present awareness of the basic theories and concepts related to the study of Islam in the contemporary world.

In the course of your study, you will gain the practical skills necessary for research in the field, including library and internet research.

How will you study? All material, lectures and information will be available online, through the UWTSD Virtual Learning Environment. You will have the opportunity to engage with lecturers and other students both online and in person in weekend events in a UWTSD campus near you.

Module Topics

Learning in the Digital Era  

This module develops your skills for independent study and life-long learning, which forms the foundations for successful completion of your degree and supports future employment opportunities. 

Digital Islam  

This module gives you a comprehensive understanding of the impact of the internet on Islam and Muslims. You will explore the diversity of Muslim expression online, and learn about how social media and religious authority interact.

Islam, climate change and the future of the planet

This module explores Islamic perspectives on critical environmental issues. You will engage with environmental debates and their interpretation in diverse Muslim frameworks, as well as explore the role of Muslim activism in the climate debates.

Islamic Finance, Economics and the Law

This module provides you with an understanding of key issues associated with Islamic finance, and its implications in contemporary contexts. You will learn about the principles of Islamic finance and Islamic economic systems, Shari’ah Compliant Banking and its place in the UK.

Muslim Perspectives: Faith, Family & Diversity

This module teaches you about academic and religious approaches to faith, family and diversity in Islamic contexts. You will explore the current interpretations of family law in Muslim contexts, and discuss the contemporary debates on Islamic interpretation. 

Understanding Islam and Muslims in the UK

This module gives you a thorough understanding of the influences which have impacted upon the development of Islam in the UK. You will explore the historical influences in the development of UK Muslim communities, and learn about Islam and the Media in the UK.


The programme incorporates a range of assessments, to reflect different learning styles and approaches to knowledge. This includes the application of research materials derived from diverse sources. These form the foundations of traditional essays, as well as other forms of assessment, including in-class presentations, research reports, projects and multi-media content. Students will be given specific feedback and advice on requirements for all of these elements, paying specific attention to the foundations of academic learning and research, such as appropriate referencing and citation styles, presentation of written work online, proofreading, and the structuring of arguments in a balanced and informed manner to represent diverse perspectives on complex themes.  All assessments will receive appropriate feedback from lecturers to encourage and develop student abilities through the duration of the programme.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

We are interested in people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals with varying levels of prior experience or qualifications.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate is recognised in its own right as an indicator of accredited and benchmarked learning at university level. It offers a basis for future study in a BA programme. as well as being. The field associated with the study of Islam and Muslim communities is multi- and interdisciplinary in scope. It opens up possibilities in fields associated specifically with interactions between and within Muslim communities and wider societies, such as education, social work, policy influencing and research. It can also impact at grassroots level on community concerns and participation in local, regional and national organisations.  The skills developed are highly transferable into other professional contexts, where attention to detail, research and writing skills, and knowledge development are integral.

Additional Costs

You will be required to buy a small number of essential texts, but the majority of resources will be available to you via the UWTSD Learning Resources Centre. On-campus teaching and learning on specified days and weekends over the academic year will entail costs of transport to the relevant UWTSD campus near you.

Student Quotes

“The lecturers are really supportive.” Tom

“Everyone helps each other and everyone gets to know each other.” Louise Smith

“We are taught very closely with our lecturers. The lecturers are always there if you need any sort of help.” Sonni Regan

Bursary / Scholarship Information

UWTSD offers a number of scholarship and bursaries to students. Most importantly for students studying online, we offer a dedicated bursary to acquire appropriate technology to access your course.


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