Masters | Postgraduate Course - Islamic Studies MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Islamic Studies MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This Masters programme is designed for graduates with no prior knowledge of Islam as well as those who would like to develop their understanding of this major world faith. Our programme will enable you to acquire a profound comprehension of Islam both as a religious, intellectual and cultural tradition, and as a powerful political ideology.

You will study materials which delineate the core values and doctrines of Islam, and those which elaborate on the diversity of practice and manifold traditions of the Islamic faith. Your ability to analyse materials, contexts and issues - and to engage in informed academic discussion on your conclusions - will be strengthened through the study of methodologies and research tools used today in Islamic Studies by historians, social scientists and cultural anthropologists.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • ARAM190 Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 15
  • ARAM027 MA Dissertation 60
  • ARAM102 Islam in Practice 30
  • ARAM103A New Approaches to Islamic Thought 15
  • ARAM213 Approaches to Middle East and Islamic Studies: States, Societies and Identities AND/OR 15
  • ARAM214 Islamic Culture and Civilisation AND/OR 15
  • ARAM215 Studying the Contemporary Middle East 15

Optional modules
MA Islamic Studies Optional Modules

  • ARA1015 Arabic for Beginners 30
  • ARAM054 State and Society in the Middle East 30
  • ARAM112A Independent Reading Course - Sem 1 15
  • ARAM112B Independent Reading Course - Sem 2 15
  • ARAM187 The Middle East before 1945 30
  • ARAM188 The Middle East since 1945 30
  • ARAM189 Readings in Islamic Theology and Philosophy 30
  • ARAM219 The Palestine Question: Past and Present 15
  • ARAM220 Gender, Politics and Society in the Middle East 30
  • ARAM230 Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel 15

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Graduates from this programme may find professional employment in a wide range of sectors both in the UK and internationally. A comprehensive background in Islamic Studies is relevant to careers in:

- academia and education
- international agencies such as the United Nations or the European Union
- international development
- print and broadcast media
- politics
- private sector companies with interests in Islamic countries
- business and risk analysts