Census data shows that Muslims are now the second largest faith community in British society. Our rewarding programme delivers a comprehensive understanding of the development of Muslim communities in the UK, the current challenges they face, and an introduction to the scholarly study of Islam in a modern Western European society.
On this programme, you will gain the social science skills essential to pursue high calibre research on Islam in Britain today within our flagship Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam and the skills to undertake high quality research according to social sciences professional ethics codes.
Our recognised qualifications are recognised as indicators of professional competence to work with British Muslims.
Encouraged to contribute to the Centre’s highly respected Public Seminar Series, you will have ample opportunity to engage in placements and volunteer with local Muslim organisations.
You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work with Muslim communities in Cardiff in activities ranging from assisting with homework clubs run via local mosques to contributing to the Muslim Council of Wales ‘iLead’ programme which aims to support young Muslims developing leadership skills.
Gain in-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam Develops essential skills for high quality research on Islam in Britain in accordance with codes of professional ethics in the social sciences Recognised qualification indicating competence to work in a professional capacity with British Muslims Opportunities to engage in placements/volunteering with local Muslim organisations Ideal for professional development within the public sector Excellent resources and facilities including excellent library resources, access to a wide range of relevant journals and online sources and extensive audio-visual resources via Vimeo Dedicated seminar room.
“Cardiff University was a natural choice for me when I was awarded a Chevening Scholarship and I was impressed by the passionate commitment of staff to teaching excellence and by the personal attention to student needs. The Master’s course was intensive and demanding, yet very stimulating and enriching. It has comprehensively prepared me for research across the broad spectrum of media and communication.”
Casmir Igbokwe (MA International Journalism)
The day I entered the classroom I was amazed by the facilities here; accessing the internet, online journals and library was easy any time of day or night. The lecturers are world-class and down-to-earth – I am getting used to calling them by their first names. Sometimes we mix outside School which cushions the serious academic work we do. I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of cultures at Cardiff. The house where I live is a mini United Nations. We live like a family, sharing many things in common, dining out and looking after each other. I enjoy luxuries at Cardiff that I’d never experience in my country, Nigeria. After my studies, I hope to go back to preach institutionalizing some of these values in my country. By then, hopefully, I will have ascended higher in my career as a journalist.
Effie Ansah (MA International Public Relations)
"I chose Cardiff mainly for three reasons. It was the only British university offering a Master’s degree in International Public Relations. Cardiff also ranked 7th in the top 100 universities in UK at the time. The Dean of Studies at my undergraduate university in Ghana also recommended Cardiff and JOMEC (the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) in particular.
I found the MA International Public Relations course to be a thoroughly exciting learning experience. The tutors are world-class professionals and tuition is highly practical and very relevant to the PR profession; the pitches and case studies were real issues of the day and very relevant globally. Each assignment offered a new challenge and added to the learning curve.
Every one of the MAIPR classes was like a miniature UN session - my classmates came from all over the world. I made wonderful friends and learned a great deal about different cultures in a short space of time. It has been a fantastic learning experience."
Kaisa Pankakoski (MA International Journalism)
“My experience at Cardiff University has been a very positive one. Even though my MA course was hard work, it has been extremely beneficial and I feel confident that after completing my dissertation I will have the skills to launch a successful career in journalism. I always felt welcome during my time in the University and tutors’ doors were open at all times if I needed a chat concerning my studies. Another advantage was the great cultural variety and friendly atmosphere - my class consisted of people from all over the world!”
Shelley J. Thompson (MA in Journalism Studies)
Cardiff University offered everything I was looking for in a master’s degree programme and more. As a professional journalist, I looked for an academic degree that would enable me to reflect on my practice and that of my colleagues around the world. The journalism studies degree was a perfect fit for that reason.
It was also important for me to attend a university that prioritises research. The JOMEC faculty members have conducted excellent research and are leaders in the journalism studies field. We learn from the best academics in the world, however, they always remain accessible to the students. Individual modules expose students to the evolving field of journalism studies and provide an excellent foundation for the students’ research projects.
Finally, Cardiff University and JOMEC in particular offer a diverse staff and student body from which to learn. Here, I have met people who taught me not only about how journalism is practiced in countries around the world, but also about their individual cultures. The experience has been rich in ways I could not have imagined. When I leave Cardiff University, I will not only have a master’s degree but lasting friendships that span the globe.
Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships
The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Cardiff University Jameel Scholarships. Three scholarships are available for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain.With the help of a very generous gift to the University, The Jameel Scholarships have been established to enable the very best students to come to Cardiff – those who have the intellect and determination to apply their knowledge for the benefit of Muslim communities in the UK, and to promote better understanding of Islam in wider society.Each scholarship will comprise of full-time Cardiff University MA fees for 2017/18 and a stipend of approximately £16,000. You will also receive a research allowance for books and attending conferences.Start Date: September 2017If you would like to talk in more detail about your application, please email [email protected] leaving your name and telephone number. Please make clear that you are interested in the Jameel MA Scholarships.Full details about the scholarship are available on our website.
Value of Scholarship(s)
UK/EU Fees plus Stipend
A first class or very high upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject (Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Philosophy or History) from a UK university.Full awards are open only to UK and EU nationals who satisfy UK residency requirements.Priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrable record of interest in, and/or enthusiasm for, working with British Muslims.Willingness to attend all Islam-UK Centre activities and events (e.g. weekly Spring Semester Public Lecture Series) and to undertake some voluntary work with local Muslim communities in South Wales.
Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 31 January 2017Full application details can be found on the website.
Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships
No. of awards TBC
“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.
We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.