Islam in Contemporary Britain (MA)

This programme offers the social science skills to pursue high calibre research on Muslims in Britain, within the flagship Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.

Census data shows that Muslims are now the second largest faith community in British society. Our rewarding programme delivers a comprehensive understanding of the development of Muslim communities in the UK, the current challenges they face, and an introduction to the scholarly study of Islam in a modern Western European society.

On this programme, you will gain the social science skills essential to pursue high calibre research on Islam in Britain today within our flagship Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam and the skills to undertake high quality research according to social sciences professional ethics codes.

Our recognised qualifications are recognised as indicators of professional competence to work with British Muslims.

Encouraged to contribute to the Centre’s highly respected Public Seminar Series, you will have ample opportunity to engage in placements and volunteer with local Muslim organisations.

You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work with Muslim communities in Cardiff in activities ranging from assisting with homework clubs run via local mosques to contributing to the Muslim Council of Wales ‘iLead’ programme which aims to support young Muslims developing leadership skills.

Distinctive features

  • Gain in-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam
  • Develops essential skills for high quality research on Islam in Britain in accordance with codes of professional ethics in the social sciences
  • Recognised qualification indicating competence to work in a professional capacity with British Muslims
  • Opportunities to engage in placements/volunteering with local Muslim organisations
  • Ideal for professional development within the public sector
  • Excellent resources and facilities including excellent library resources, access to a wide range of relevant journals and online sources and extensive audio-visual resources via Vimeo
  • Dedicated seminar room.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration1 year
QualificationMA
ModeFull-time
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Admissions criteria

The course is suitable for graduates in a wide variety of Humanities disciplines and Social Sciences and those with an interest in understanding Islam in Britain, past, present and future.

This programme is particularly helpful for people who work with or for the Muslim community, and those who are keen to develop a research/academic career in this exciting new field.

Applicants should normally possess or expect to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. However, those able to demonstrate relevant work experience in lieu of a graduate qualification may also be admitted at the discretion of the School. To apply via this route, you will need to have held a position of responsibility relevant to the programme for a minimum period of two years. You will also be required to satisfactorily complete an interview and a 1500 word essay on a subject determined by School staff.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be expected to provide evidence of English proficiency. IELTS exam results showing an overall grade of 6.5 or above are acceptable for this programme, with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub score.

We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1 August.

Find out more about English language requirements.

For the taught element of the programme you will study three core modules (60 credits) and choose a further three optional modules (60 credits).

On successful completion of this stage you will progress to your dissertation. Your dissertation is an essay of up to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice (approved in consultation with your tutor).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is via lectures, small group tutorials, seminars, audio-visual resources, guest speakers, and optional placement/voluntary work.

You are encouraged to attend and contribute to our Islam UK Centre Public Lecture Series, known for bringing high-profile speakers to the region to discuss a wide range of topical research.

How will I be supported?

On enrolment, you are assigned your own Personal Tutor and provided with teaching and learning resources, including Postgraduate Handbook. Additional specific module resources are made available during the programme.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries should be addressed to the School’s Director of Postgraduate Taught. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Feedback:

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), or written exams depending on the modules chosen.

What skills will I practise and develop?

  • In-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam
  • Skills to undertake high quality research according to social sciences professional ethics codes
  • Analytical approaches; such as coding and categorizing, conversation and discourse analysis, narrative approaches
  • An ability to exercise independent judgement on a topic to support an evidence-based argument
  • Data generation strategies; such as participant observation, qualitative interviewing, focus groups, working with documents.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£7,350None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

EU students entering in 2018/19 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2019/20 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£16,350£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work with Muslim communities in Cardiff in activities ranging from assisting with homework clubs run via local mosques to contributing to the Muslim Council of Wales ‘iLead’ programme which aims to support young Muslims developing leadership skills.