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Religious studies

Gain the skills to pursue high calibre research on Muslims in Britain within the flagship Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.

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Why study with us

Since its launch in 2005, the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK has grown to become the leading academic institution for research and teaching about Islam and Muslims in Britain. Cardiff has one of the oldest and most diverse Muslim populations in the UK. Today, half of the 45,000 Muslims in Wales live in the capital.


Our research

Ranked 10th for the significance, rigour and originality of our Religious Studies research in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).


Our specialism

Our Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK brings together the best scholarship and research in this important and expanding specialist area.


Our community

We value and nurture our strong and positive relationship with the local Muslim community, including the Muslim Council of Wales and Muslim Council of Britain.

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Religious studies and theology at Cardiff University

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Studying MA Islam in Contemporary Britain has been an amazing and fulfilling experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning under the best scholars in British Muslim Studies. The Islam-UK Centre is filled with incredible scholars that I have been able to benefit from both inside and outside the classroom environment. Alongside the fascinating taught component, I have enjoyed engaging in the Centre’s wider life; guest speakers, community projects and a warm social atmosphere has enabled me to interact with the cutting edge of research in British Muslim Studies. I would strongly recommend the MA to anybody interested in British Muslims.
Hamzah Zahid MA Islam in Contemporary Britain

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Pursue high calibre research on Muslims in Britain

Studying within the flagship Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam.

Fostering a better understanding of Islam in wider society

The prestigious Jameel Scholarships have been established to enable the very best students to come to Cardiff – those who have the intellect and determination to apply their knowledge for the benefit of Muslim communities in the UK, and to promote better understanding of Islam in wider society.

Exploring the lives of Muslim communities in Britain

Home to our Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK is the John Percival Building, in the heart of our leafy city-centre campus.

The Centre has a strong and positive relationship with the local Muslim community. Local Muslims form part of the Centre’s Advisory Group, and we are proud of this partnership.

We envisage the Centre as an accessible, vibrant, and inclusive hub of learning about Islam in Cardiff and South Wales, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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