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. The MA is currently 3 semesters (16 weeks per semester). From September 2024, it will be 4 semesters (16 weeks each).
During the MA Programme, students must complete a total of 45 credits, consisting of:
- 15 core course credits
- 6 thesis credits
- 24 elective course credits
Part-time students must fulfil 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 dissertation (sometimes called a thesis) of up to 20,000 words. For full-time students, this takes place in the third semester. Part-time students may begin their dissertation 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 ||3.0||Core|
|Language I: Arabic I OR Persian I||3.0||Core|
|Language II: Arabic II OR Persian II||3.0||Core|
|Emperors, Prophets and Caliphs||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|
|Authority and Legitimacy in Islamic History|
|The Politics of Modern Muslim Mobility|
Note: Details of the programme are subject to change.