ICAS Postgraduate Programmes Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies

The MA / PG Dip in Islamic Studies course at the Islamic College is aimed at deepening the students’ over all understanding of Islam within historical and modern contexts while providing an opportunity to study Quran, Hadith and other Islamic texts extensively. The program is structured to benefit students who aspire to continue their studies to a PhD degree and to become future lecturers in the field as well as to those who may seek employment in various fields requiring expertise in Islam. Alternatively the course would suit those students whose first degree is not in Islamic Studies and are seeking to broaden their understanding of Islam. The course aims to provide:

  • An in-depth knowledge of specialist area within Islamic Studies.
  • Use of appropriate methodological approach to the study of Islam.
  • Sophisticated comprehension of challenging issues in Islamic Studies.
  • Critical thinking, analytical and practical skills in constructing well-reasoned arguments.
  • Constructive intellectual class interaction on issues related to Islam and Muslim societies.
  • Proficiency in conducting research work and independent study.
  • Capability to pursue further postgraduate studies.
  • Specialised knowledge and skills that could be used in different career pursuits.

Applications to the MA Islamic Studies programme need to be made through UKPASS.


The core modules are designed to deepen the academic understanding of Islam from an insider point of view for both the students coming from a BA in Islamic Studies and those with other backgrounds. In addition to exposing the student to an in-depth, systematic and sophisticated understanding of major sources of Islamic knowledge, these modules will examine different methodological approaches in Cultural Sciences and adopt the most appropriate of them for Islamic Studies embarking on a critical study of major schools of thought and the main ideas that help in shaping Islamic knowledge as it is today.


The designated modules complement the core modules taking students deeper into specialised areas. The students need to choose three subjects from the following topics as their designated modules each of which has 20 credits. Not all modules are offered every year.

  • Islamic Mysticism
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Authority in Shi’a Islam
  • Classical History of Islam
  • Islamic Law
  • Islam and Modern Politics
  • Islam and Modernity


All students registered for the MA course are required to complete a dissertation of 12000-15000 words.


This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by The Islamic College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.