Programme Structure

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

During the MA Programme, students must complete a total of 30 credits,​ consisting of:​

  • 15 core course credits

  • 6 thesis credits

  • 9 elective course credits​

Part-time students must fulfill all of the same degree requirements, but can do so over a longer period of time to enable them to continue to work alongside their study. Part-time study is only available to students who do not require a student visa to live, work and study in the UK.

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

After successful completion of all taught components of the MA programme, students are allowed to proceed with the research thesis of up to 20,000 words following an optional field project on a theme of their choice. For full-time students, this takes place in the third semester. Part-time students may begin their thesis research upon completion of all 24 coursework credits.

Course Title​​​

Credit Hours

Core / Elective

Muslim Societies in a Changing World

3.0

Core

Research Methods in the Social Sciences & Humanities I

3.0

Core

Research Methods in the Social Sciences & Humanities II

3.0

Core

Language I: Arabic I OR Persian I

3.0

Core

Language II: Arabic II OR Persian II

3.0

Core

Late Antiquity

3.0

Elective

Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East

3.0

Elective

Religion, State & Politics in the Middle East

3.0

Elective

Paths in Sufism: Past &​ Present

3.0

Elective

Religion, Law and Society in Muslim Context

3.0

Elective

Muslims in Minority Context

3.0

Elective

Islam & Creativity

3.0

Elective

Art & Architecture of Muslim Culture

3.0

Elective

Historiography of the Nation

3.0

Elective

​Development Challenges in Muslim Contexts

​3.0
​Elective
Authority and Legitimacy in Islamic History

​3.0
​Elective
​The Politics of Modern Muslim Mobility

​3.0
​​Elective

Thesis​

6.0

Core​



Related Links​​​

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Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures​​

MA in Muslim Cultures Prospect​us 202​​​​1​​

How to Apply​​