The MRes is a research degree that also includes taught components. It may be followed as an end in itself, though it also provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research.
The programme comprises four components: a compulsory Research Methods module, two optional taught modules, and a 20,000-word thesis on a topic of your choice.
Why study this course
The University of Birmingham is an excellent centre for the study of religion and culture. It not only has a long tradition of specialised research in Islam and its relations with the cultural settings in which Muslims live, but it has also built up good relationships and partnerships with Birmingham's many different communities. Such a long tradition of scholarship and rich cultural mix means that it provides an ideal setting to study Islam in both its historical and contemporary forms. As a postgraduate in this field at Birmingham, you will have access to one of the largest collections of books on Islam in the country, and also the unique Mingana Collection of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts.
For your two optional modules you may choose from the other modules offered on the MA in Islamic Studies programme or from other M-level modules offered within the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion or, where appropriate, from other Schools in the College of Arts and Law. You should make your choice with the topic of your thesis in mind, and in consultation with your thesis supervisor. The following modules are recommended:
- Christian-Muslim Relations – Origins and Issues
- Contemporary Sufi Movements
- Feminism in the Muslim World
- Islam in Britain
- Islamic Philosophy
- Political Islam
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £4,052 full-time; £2,026 part-time
Overseas: £13,195 full-time; £6,597.50 part-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
Learn more about postgraduate tuituion fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
Normally a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry
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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:
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