You will study two core modules:
Approaches to the Study of Islam
‘Islamic Studies (IS),’ in the extended sense of the term and with all its various branches and disciplines, is a complex and contested field. This module introduces students to the diverse ways in which Islam and Muslim societies have been approached as a scholarly subject. Through the study and discussion of key texts and approaches students will engage with significant traditional and modern scholarship, will be able to navigate critically through the relevant academic literature, and will be able to argue coherently for their own particular points of view. Approaches to understanding Islam that students encounter may include: Quranic and Tafsir traditions; legal approaches; historical methods; orientalism; feminist approaches; and socio-cultural and political science methods.
Assessment: Either 1 x 4,500-word essay OR 1 x 1,250 word essay and 1 x 3,250 word essay
This module unpacks the core issues of researching in theology and religious studies. It addresses debates surrounding the design, conduct, ethics and evaluation of research in a multidisciplinary subject area. It prepares you to carry out independent research and to critically assess others’ research across a wide spectrum of approaches.
Assessment: Either 1 x 4,000-word dissertation portfolio, Or 1 x 2,000 word dissertation proposal and 1 x 2,500-word essay
You will also choose four optional modules from a range offered by both the University of Birmingham and the Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI). It is also possible to select one of your options from others available in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, by prior agreement with the programme and module leader.
Options available typically include:
- 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
For further information, please see our Theology and Religion postgraduate modules and our Philosophy postgraduate modules.
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.