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The programme encourages 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 MRes 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 engaged.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Overseas (distance/online): £10,400
Fees are for the whole course.
Why choose this course?
- Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university
- An 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.
What you will learn
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 MRes 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 as a full-time and part-time programme of study available as 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.
All students will be supported through their studies particular during the Research phase of their programme which amounts to 120 credits overall. An annual residential graduate summer school is held for all 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
Islam Today (30 credits): Islam Today seeks to develop a comprehensive framework for developing understanding of the place and practice of Islam in the contemporary world, focusing on Muslims in ‘western’ contexts. It provides students with an opportunity to analyse and write about issues relating to Islam and Muslim societies in depth, including diversity of Islamic understandings, medical ethics, education and Islam, approaches to gender, and the representation of Islam.
Muslim Networks: Communication, Knowledge and Islamic Traditions in Contemporary Perspective (30 credits). The module enables students to acquire a thorough understanding of the networking and interaction between Islam, Muslims and cultures in historical and contemporary contexts. It focuses on developing critical awareness of significant factors influencing the development of specific interpretative and belief frameworks within Muslim societies, including Sufism and Shi’ism.
Perspectives on Islamic Sources (30 credits): This module seeks to develop an analytical approach towards modern scholarship of the Qur'an and Hadith alongside critical assessment of scholarly contributions to these two disciplines. Students explore critical approaches towards the historical development of Islamic interpretative approaches from the primary sources.
Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religions (30 credits): In this module, you will be equipped with all the skills necessary to further your research in the Study of Religions. Whether you want to further ground yourself in the study of theory or whether you want to apply your knowledge more competently in the field, this module aims to deliver key skills and frameworks for your success.
The Islamic Intellectual Tradition: Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Developments (30 credits):
This module seeks to examine the formative, medieval, modern and contemporary Islamic theological and philosophical traditions. It also looks at analysing the relationships between the Islamic and non-Islamic (Hellenic, Indian and Christian) intellectual traditions.
Sufism and Islamic Spirituality: The Mystical Dimensions of Islam (30 credits):
This module looks to examine, assess and evaluate the relationship of Sufism with other Islamic disciplines jurisprudence (fiqh), theology (kalam), and philosophy (falsafa) and to examine the continuities and discontinuities between pre-modern and modern expressions of Sufism in Muslim-majority societies, and to examine the experience of Sufism in Muslim-minority societies (British and American).
*Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please visit the University’s Terms and Conditions.
A range of assessment methods are used from essays and short written evaluation, and reflective pieces. The Dissertation is between 25,000 and 30,000 words.
An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a cognate discipline or an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience.
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.
Distance learners should have good internet access and the use of computer facilities.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.