MA Islamic Studies
The MA Islamic Studies is a dynamic and exciting programme of study, appropriate for all those seeking to further their knowledge in the multidisciplinary academic fields associated with the study of Islam.
The programme is taught by experts with diverse interests in Islamic Studies, encouraging students to explore in depth a range of topics relating to the Islam and Muslims in contemporary and historical perspectives. Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university, and our academic team have contributed to the field through publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences.
The MA provides a high quality student experience suitable for those working within – or associated with - Muslim communities, in minority and majority contexts, especially those wishing to develop a greater understanding of the people, cultures and religious perspectives within which they are working.
The programme is delivered full-time or part-time through distance learning. All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students will be supported throughout their studies through regular access to their module tutors, either one to one (by email, skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums or wikis.
An annual residential graduate summer school is held for postgraduate students in July where students are able to experience lectures and seminars covering both issues related to generic learning and subject-specific information and to engage with a number of our research students
- Study Skills introduces students to the essential academic skills required in the field.
- Islam Today introduces students to key contemporary themes relating to Islam and Muslims, particularly in western contexts.
- Islamic Law in the Contemporary World provides an opportunity to explore significant issues of interpretation and practice, relating to Muslims in minority and majority contexts.
Following these compulsory elements, within the MA, students can take different routes to complete their degree:
- Muslim Networks encourages the study of diverse influences on Muslims in historical and contemporary frameworks, including Sufism, Shi’a beliefs, and knowledge transmission.
- Muslim Politics provides an essential grounding in the political issues that have impacted on diverse Muslim contexts in the contemporary world – from ideas about ‘reform’ through to the ‘Arab spring’.
- Perspectives on Islamic Sources will enable students to tackle important questions relating to the Qur’an, Hadith and other sources;
- Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university
- Academic team that contributes to publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences
- Excellent Continuing Professional Development for those working in the field of Islam or with majority and minority Muslim communities.
- Our staff are highly experienced teachers who have taught in different institutions and countries and who bring with them valuable expertise in guiding international students through their programmes of study.
Assessment is usually based on written work in the form of long and short essays, reports, book reviews and reflective pieces.
Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, the Faculty encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.
A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills.
The programme has been designed to attract students interested in developing both their generic as well as their subject-specific skills. It offers opportunities for students who have recently graduated to move on to work at level 7 in their specialist field of study and help prepare them for careers in education, ministry and research.
The programme also offers excellent continuing professional development for teachers at various stages of their career, ministers currently in pastoral charge seeking further professional development and other interested parties. In addition, the programme will be attractive to students who wish to study out of personal interest or faith commitment.