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MA Islamic Studies


Course Description

The MA Islamic Studies is a dynamic and exciting programme of study, appropriate for all those seeking to further their knowledge in the multidisciplinary academic fields associated with the study of Islam.

Course Overview

The programme is taught by experts with diverse interests in Islamic Studies, encouraging students to explore in depth a range of topics relating to the Islam and Muslims in contemporary and historical perspectives. Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university, and our academic team have contributed to the field through publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences.

The MA provides a high quality student experience suitable for those working within – or associated with - Muslim communities, in minority and majority contexts, especially those wishing to develop a greater understanding of the people, cultures and religious perspectives with in which they are working.

The programme is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study, and is also available as distance learning. All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students will be supported throughout their studies through regular access to their module tutors, either one to one (by email, skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums or wikis.

Campus-based students will be supported through lectures, research seminars and public lectures. An annual residential graduate summer school is held for all students in July where students are able to experience lectures and seminars covering both issues related to generic learning and subject-specific information and to engage with a number of our research students

Modules

Study Skills introduces students to the essential academic skills required in the field.
* Islam Today introduces students to key contemporary themes relating to Islam and Muslims, particularly in western contexts.
* Islamic Law in the Contemporary World provides an opportunity to explore significant issues of interpretation and practice, relating to Muslims in minority and majority contexts.

Following these compulsory elements, within the MA, students can take different routes to complete their degree:
- Muslim Networks encourages the study of diverse influences on Muslims in historical and contemporary frameworks, including Sufism, Shi’a beliefs, and knowledge transmission.
- Muslim Politics provides an essential grounding in the political issues that have impacted on diverse Muslim contexts in the contemporary world – from ideas about ‘reform’ through to the ‘Arab spring’.
- Perspectives on Islamic Sources will enable students to tackle important questions relating to the Qur’an, Hadith and other sources;
- Islam and the Environment provides a unique opportunity to research this essential contemporary issue in detail.
- Dissertation

Key Features

Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university
Academic team that contributes to publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences
Excellent Continuing Professional Development for those working in the field of Islam or with majority and minority Muslim communities.
Our staff are highly experienced teachers who have taught in different institutions and countries and who bring with them valuable expertise in guiding international students through their programmes of study.

Distance Learning

All our degrees are available to distance learners, and indeed the greater part of our postgraduate cohort comprises distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. Many of the modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic.

It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the University offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1,000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources

Entry Criteria

Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.

A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Islamic Studies page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Study Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require
assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information

http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/



Entry Requirements

Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills.

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