Programme Structure

The MA in Muslim Cultures is a two-year programme which consists of a number of different elements: core and elective courses, a field-based Language Immersion Programme, a Communications and Leadership Programme and fieldwork which contributes to a dissertation.

Courses are grouped into five components.

  • Introduction to the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Muslim Heritages as Part of World Cultures

  • Contemporary Muslim Contexts

  • Methodologies

  • Languages

During the two-year MA Programme, students must complete a total of 24 courses, consisting of:

  • 15 core courses

  • 6 language courses

  • 3 electives

Students are also required to complete a language immersion programme and a leadership skills programme.  

During their second year, students prepare a dissertation of up to 20,000 words following an optional field project on a theme of their choice.​

In general, assessment is based on presentations, written assignments and examinations. Passing the dissertation​ is a prerequisite for graduation from the MA Programme.​

Year 1

​Core courses
Term 1 ​Introduction to the Humanties and Social Science
​Writing in th​e Humanities
​Sacred Across Cultures
​Classical Arabic I or Persian I
​Core courses
Term 2 ​Late Antiquity
​History of the Qu'ran in Classical nd Contemporary Scholarship
​Renaissance, Enlightnment and the Advent of Modernity
​Classical Arabic II or Persian II
​Core courses
Term 3 ​Formation of Muslim Thought: Theology and Law
​Muslim Responses to Modernity and Port-Modern Theories
​​ ​Muslim Material​ Cultures before 1800
Classical Arabic III or Persian III
​​Other core​ co​mponents
​Term 4 (summer ​term)
Language Immersion Programme
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Year Two

​Core​ c​ourses​
​Term 1  ​​Development Challenges in Muslim Contexts
​Research Methodology and Dissertation Planning I
​Classical Arabic IV or Persian IV​​
​Elective courses​ ​Religion, Law and Society in Muslim Contexts
Historiography of the Nation​
Core co​urses
Term 2  ​Themes in Muslim Arts and Architecture in the Contemporary Period
​Gender, Nation and Muslim Identities​
​Classical Arabic V or Persian V ​
Elective courses​ Globalisation, Poverty and Development
​​Traditions and Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
Core courses
​Term 3  ​Trends in Modern and Contemporary Literature
​Research Methodology and Dissertation Planning II
​Classical Arabic VI or Persian VI
Elective courses​ ​Muslims in Western Contexts
Muslim Reformist Thought in South and South West Asia​
Other core co​mponents
​Term 4 (summer term) ​Dissertation and Fieldwork​​​

Related Links​​

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MA in Muslim Cultures Prospectus 2018
How to Apply​​