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Full time & Part time September MA, PgDip 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

About the course

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.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess or expect to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. However, those able to demonstrate relevant work experience in lieu of a graduate qualification may also be admitted at the discretion of the School. To apply via this route, you will need to have held a position of responsibility relevant to the programme for a minimum period of two years. You will also be required to satisfactorily complete an interview and a 1500 word essay on a subject determined by School staff.

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Student Profile(s)

Muhammed Belal Ghafoor, Jameel MA Scholar, Islam in Contemporary Britain

I chose Cardiff University as it is, to my knowledge, the only university that offers such a refined master’s program to study Muslims in Britain. The personnel connected to the department are leading academics in the field and an opportunity to study under them has been a privilege. The course is a combination of social theory, social science research methods and a comprehensive study of contemporary British Islam. It is excellent preparation for students passionate about studying an array of subjects which impact the lived experiences of Muslims in Britain. The study environment is extremely friendly with everyone’s bespoke study area complementing one another. The lecturers possess expertise in their respective fields and we are also graced with a number of guest lecturers.

Seherish Abrar, Jameel MA Scholar, Islam in Contemporary Britain

The course is quite varied and allowed me to explore the lived experiences of Muslims in Britain from historical, theoretical and sociological perspectives. The Public Seminar Series has given me the opportunity to learn about different aspects of Muslim experiences as well as have access to recent research in the field. The module seminars are very informative and facilitate easy discussion with other students.

Megan Richards, Jameel MA Scholar, Islam in Contemporary Britain

My course is both vocationally and theoretically oriented. What I love most about this programme, is that the skills we are learning go beyond the classroom. We are being trained to collect and create qualitative data, and construct ethnographic research, and we are equipped with the tools to go and carry out our own research, and our own projects that are important to us. Research based teaching has bolstered my confidence and I am really excited to get out into the field and start my own work, which will take a qualitative approach in considering the relationship between sport and Islam for Muslim girls in Wales. We are very fortunate at the Centre that we have regular contact and support from academics outside the field who have come to our public seminar series, as it is an acclaimed institution. Our lectures and seminars are very collaborative with contributions, discussions and debates between students and lecturers, we have great relationships with one another and it makes the whole process.


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