MA in Islamic Law
Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline
Start of programme: September intake only
The MA in Islamic Law allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners in their specialised fields.
To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.
Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.
Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialisation.
Specialist Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
- Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 (15 credits) Term 1
- Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 (30credits) Full Year
- Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 (30credits) Full Year
- Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 (30credits) Full Year
- Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 (30credits) Full Year
- Law of Islamic Finance 15PLAC159 (30credits) Full Year
General Law Postgraduate Module List
An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.
Postgraduate Open Option Modules
A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.
Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree
- MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 (60credits) Full Year
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