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MA Islamic Studies

This Islamic Studies programme from University of Birmingham offers a flexible framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in Islamic Studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,960 per year
Location: Birmingham (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

By taknig the Islamic Studies programme from University of Birmingham, 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.

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Studying Islam
  • Research Methods
  • Medieval Arabic Thought (provided by Al-Mahdi Institute)
  • Law and Ethics in Christian and Muslim Thought and Practice
  • Thematic Study of Shi’ism: History, Doctrines and Religious Authority (provided by Al-Mahdi Institute)
  • Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
  • Critical Thinkers of Modernity, Science, Society and Religion
  • Gender, Sexuality and Religion

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Birmingham’s Theology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.


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

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