MA in Islamic Studies

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

Program Description

MA in Islamic Studies

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

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.

Assessment

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 experience

The 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

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent.

International students

Academic requirements

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
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
16,290 GBP
Annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19: UK / EU: £9,000 full-time International: £16,290 full-time
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - Birmingham, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
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Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - Birmingham, England
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