This programme offers a flexible framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in Islamic Studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts, and provides an ideal foundation for further research.
You will have the opportunity engage with material that is at the forefront of contemporary academic research in Islamic Studies, and explore a range of topics in Islamic Studies that reflect the expertise of academic staff: this may typically include content with historical, sociological, contextual, legal, textual or philosophical emphases.
The programme combines a set of core modules to provide you with a foundation for your studies with a range of options which allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest.
You will study three core modules:
- Approaches to Studying Islam (traditional)
- Approaches to Studying Islam (modern)
- Research Methods
You will also choose three optional modules from a range which typically includes:
- Feminism in the Muslim World
- Islam in Europe
- Islamic Philosophy
- Muslim Thinkers of the Western World
- Political Islam
Full module descriptions are available below.
Modules are typically assessed by written assignment. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
Why study this course
- Flexibility –the range of options on offer allows you to study Islamic Studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts, to suit your areas of interest.
- Research strengths – Times Higher Education ranked the Department of Theology and Religion second in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The Department is also home to a dedicated research centre for study in this area, the Birmingham Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
- Extracurricular opportunities – you will be exposed to a variety of opportunities to enhance your student experience, including regular coffee mornings for staff and students, visiting speakers, lecture series and social events.
- Small classes – teaching on the Masters-level modules involve mainly small-group seminars allowing you to really get to grips with the learning material.
- The city – Birmingham is an ideal place to study Theology and Religion. The city is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse communities in Europe and the department has excellent relationships with the city’s faith communities.
The postgraduate experienceThe College of Arts and Law offers excellent support to postgraduates, from libraries and research spaces to extra-curricular activities and funding opportunities. All of this and more is available on our beautiful 250-acre green and leafy campus. Learn more about the postgraduate experience
You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent.
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
- by holding an English language qualification to the right level
- by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
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Last updated March 12, 2018