Islam in Contemporary Britain (MA)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
Gain the skills to pursue high calibre research on Muslims in Britain within the flagship Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and conceptual vocabulary surrounding British Islam in the renowned Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.
Training to pursue high calibre research within the second largest faith community in the UK.
Census data shows that Muslims are now the second largest faith community in British society, and they are at the forefront of compelling conversations about the intersection of religion and public life.
Our rewarding MA Islam in Contemporary Britain 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’ll 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 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’ll have ample opportunity to connect with scholarly and public networks.
You’re warmly 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.
Our Theology and Religious Studies research ranked 10th in the UK’s recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
Where you'll study
Curious about the human experience across millennia and cultures, we are seeking to better understand our past, to illuminate our present and improve our future.
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.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|History and Development of Muslim Communities in Britain||RTT513||20 credits|
|Contemporary Debates in British Muslim Studies||RTT515||20 credits|
|Muslims in Britain Today||RTT516||20 credits|
|Qualitative Research Methods||RTT538||20 credits|
|Social Theory and Research Design||RTT539||20 credits|
|Researching British Muslim Communities||RTT543||20 credits|
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.
Learning and assessment
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 assessed?
You will be assessed via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), or written exams depending on the modules chosen.
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 on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.
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.
Our Jameel Scholarship programme is now open for students applying for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain. Three scholarships are available for study starting in September 2020.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
Careers and placements
Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions, including the voluntary sector and NGOs, policy and politics, religious leadership and the faith sector, the news media, the civil service, teaching, and academia. Many choose to continue their studies at PhD level.
Recent graduate destinations include the Welsh Assembly, the Muslim Council of Wales, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Centre for Media Monitoring, TRT World, Muslim Engagement and Development, Islamic Relief, the National Portrait Gallery, primary and secondary schools, and universities across the UK and overseas, including Cardiff University and the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.
91% of postgraduates from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion were in employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).
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.