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Islamic Studies (MRes)



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.


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Contact Email: g.bunt@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Professor Gary Bunt

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.

Why choose this course?

  1. Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university
  2. An academic team that contributes to publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences
  3. Excellent Continuing Professional Development for those working in the field of Islam or with majority and minority Muslim communities.
  4. 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

Course Overview

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

Module Topics

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.

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Assessment

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.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a cognate discipline or an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

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. 

Additional Costs

Distance learners should have good internet access and the use of computer facilities.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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.