MA/Graduate Diploma Islamic Studies

Image for Islamic Studies MA/Diploma

This programme explores the thought and practice of Islam, focusing on major points of history and emphasising the doctrinal diversity and intellectual vigour of the tradition. It provides a means of exploring Islam as a world religion, and is also an excellent preparation for further research in the field. Study includes Islamic Philosophy, Sufism, Islam in the Diaspora, Political Islam, Islam and Gender, and History of Christian-Muslim Relations. There are also opportunities to work on areas of special interest.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: MA - 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time; Graduate Diploma - 9 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Start date: September


The programme includes six taught modules, comprising a core Research Methods module and five modules from a range which includes: 

  • Christian-Muslim Relations – Origins and Issues 
  • Contemporary Sufi Movements 
  • Feminism in the Muslim World 
  • Islam in Britain 
  • Islamic Philosophy 
  • Political Islam  

Full-time students take these in semesters 1 and 2 of their year of study, and part-time students take them in semesters 1 and 2 over their two years of study.

MA students also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic agreed with their supervisor.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:


  • Home/EU: £5,940 full-time; £2,970 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Graduate Diploma

  • Home/EU: £3,960 full-time; £1,980 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Learn more about 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.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for the MA is an upper second-class in Theology or a related discipline, whilst Diploma applicants should normally be graduates with a degree in an appropriate discipline.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

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:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

Apply now

Learning and teaching

As well as the taught modules you take on this programme, the Department of Theology and Religion has a busy programme of research seminars, conferences and workshops which you can attend, so you’ll be able to gain insight from a range of academics and peers from across the department.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

Related research


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Theology graduates develop a range of skills, including critical and analytical ability, textual analysis, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines. These can all be extremely useful in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from careers in churches of various denominations to working in education and youth work.