The BA Programme in Islamic Studies provides students with knowledge and understanding of the core textual tradition of Islam. They will also engage with religious, philosophical and wider intellectual discourses of Islam. Thus, it will ground students in Islamic core sources regarding the Qur’an and Sunnah. In addition, they will be introduced to Islamic history and civilisation, Islamic law and Islamic Theology & philosophy. This will allow them to have a rigorous academic approach to the study of Islam and Muslims. They will also critically look into the theological debates that have always occurred in Islamic thought. The students will be given a variety of courses to choose from in order to develop the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to Islamic studies. As a result, they leave the Muslim College not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a variety of transferable skills. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills.

This degree also offers a broad and flexible syllabus which allows students to gain a deep understanding of traditional Islamic scholarship in its various manifestations as well as contemporary Islamic thought. The degree will enable students to appreciate the diversity of Islamic intellectual discourses past and present.  Students will engage with the study of Qur’an and Hadith from the first year. They will also engage with Islamic history and the foundations of the Shari‘a. In addition, students will focus on the main branches of Islamic scholarship such as law and legal theory, theology, Sufism, and Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir).  Students also will engage with the contemporary developments and debates about these branches.

The programme allows you to choose three options (or equivalent in half modules) across the second and final years. Your choices can drive your individual specialism, interests, and the possibilities are very varied, including modules focused on various issues related to the study of Islam and Muslims and engagements with other faiths.

Also in your final year you complete a dissertation on a subject chosen by you under the guidance of a supervisor, normally building on one or more of your previous modules

Graduates of the programme will be well placed to prepare for teaching, work in the public sector or elsewhere requiring knowledge of different faith communities, or to pursue further study in any of the subject areas of the programme.  Employers in many fields value the skills of analysis, communication and engagement with current issues developed through the programme.

Exit Routes/Pathways

In order to be awarded a BA 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 BA requirements, will be offered exit routes with a certificate or diploma on the basis of their performance and on condition they have completed successfully a number of modules. The Diploma allows students to progress onto the BA level.

 Entry Requirements

For entry requirements, all applicants MUST have a minimum of one B and two C grades at A-level 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 a BA in Islamic studies. Mature students will be judged on the relevance of their experience

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 BA Programme provided they fulfil all criteria.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees cover 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 tuition fee for its three year BA Programme (full-time) will be £3,000 per annum. The Muslim College is committed to broadening the understanding and aptitude of all its students. The College therefore provides a limited number of scholarships. These funds will not have to be repaid at the end of studies. For more information, please contact the Muslim College.


Structure of the Programme:


Module Code Level Credits
Compulsory Core Modules:    
Introduction to Quranic sciences MC4.14 4 15
Islamic History and Civilisation I MC4.12 4 15
Introduction to Islamic Law: Sources, methodology and schools MC4.11 4 15
Science of Hadith I MC4.13 4 15
Arabic MC4.10 N/A N/A
Major themes in the Quran MC4.25 4 15
Sufism: past and present MC4.24 4 15
Islamic law: comparative ‘ibadat law MC4.22 4 15
Islamic theology MC4.23 4 15
Arabic MC4.20 N/A N/A
World Religion MC4.21 N/A N/A


Compulsory Core modules
Islamic history and Civilisation II MC5.10 5 15
Islamic family law MC5.11 5 15
Islamic legal theory: usul al-fiqh MC5.12 5 15
Science of hadith II: major collections MC5.13 5 15
Contemporary Islamic thought MC5.14 5 15


Compulsory Core Modules
Quranic interpretation (tafsir): approaches and commentaries MC6.10 6 15
Shari‘a in the modern world MC6.11 6 15
Minorities fiqh: issues and challenges MC6.12 6 15
Hadith in the modern world: authenticity and authority MC6.13 6 15
Dissertation MC6.20 6 30
Optional modules
Reading Quranic texts: Grammar and translation MC5.15 5/6 15
Reading classical Islamic texts in Arabic MC5.16 5/6 15
Political Islam MC5.17 5/6 15
Islamic philosophy MC5.18 5/6 15
Western philosophy MC5.19 5/6 15
Muslims in Britain MC5.20 5/6 15
Islam and Gender MC5.21 5/6 15
Islam and inter-faith relations MC5.22 5/6 15
World religions MC4.21 4/5 15
Islam and the media MC5.23 5/6 15