The MA in Islamic Studies programme aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of Islam; and its manifestations in the modern world. The programme is distinguished by its focus on the contemporary Islamic thought and various theological responses to the challenge of modernity. It examines the theoretical encounter with modernity and the various issues – political, legal, philosophical and theological as a result of such an encounter with Islam. The programme aims to develop a critical hermeneutical understanding of both insider and outsider approaches to Islam, and current issues and debates within these discourses such as Quranic interpretation, Shari‘a, Sufism, theology, gender and politics. The programme does not neglect classical Islamic thought as this heritage still informs the contemporary debate and discussion of Islam. The Programme is suitable for teachers, Imams, community leaders, civil servants and all those who are interested in the academic study of Islam in the modern world.


Exit Routes/Pathways

In order to be awarded an MA degree in Islamic Studies, the student will have to pass all the modules in all the terms, including the dissertation. However, those students who are not able to fulfil the MA requirements, will be offered exit routes with a PG diploma on the basis of their performance and on condition they have completed successfully a number of modules. The PG Diploma can allow students to progress onto the MA level.

 Entry Requirements

For entry requirements, all applicants MUST have a good BA qualification or its equivalent. Students from the darul Ulooms can be admitted at the right level depending on their qualifications.  Also students whose first language is not English will need to show proof of English language proficiency. The Muslim College recognises that it is essential to provide equal opportunities to anyone who wishes to pursue an MA in Islamic studies. The College will do all it can to educate and provide advice and guidance to its students at all levels without prejudice. The Muslim College will therefore allow anyone to come on to our MA Programme provided they fulfil all criteria.

Tuition Fees

The Academic fee covers the cost of registration, tuition, examination, review of coursework and class assignments and the cost of student amenities. The fee does not cover the cost for accommodation, meals and general living expenses. The Muslim College academic fee for its one year MA Programme (full-time) will be £3,000 per annum. The Muslim College is committed to broadening the understanding and aptitude of all its students.



Module Title Code Level Credit tariff 
Compulsory Core Modules:
Studying Islam in the context of modernity: Approaches and issues MC7.4 7


Interpreting the Word of God: Quranic hermeneutics (usul al-tafsir) MC7.10 7 20
Optional Modules:
Shari‘a: Past and Present MC7.2 7 20
God in Islamic Thought MC7.3 7 20
Sufism: Seeking the Face of God MC7.11 7 20
Quranic Arabic MC7.6 7 20
Modern Islamic Thought MC7.9 7 20
Muslims in Britain MC7.8 7 20
Research Methods MC7.5 N/A N/A
Arabic 2 MC7.1 N/A N/A
Introduction  to Western Philosophy MC7.7 N/A N/A
Dissertation MC7.20 7 60
The topic of the Dissertation is chosen by the student, subject to approval by the supervisor.
Interpreting the Word of God: Quranic hermeneutics (usul al-tafsir) Studying Islam in the context of modernity: Approaches and issues Shari‘a: Past and Present God in Islamic Thought