BA (Hons) Hawza Studies

Entry Requirements A-levels grade CCC or equivalent, see here for more details.
Students from EU may also apply.
Duration Including Arabic Foundation: (Essential)
4 years on a full-time basis or 7 years on a part-time basis.Excluding Arabic Foundation: (For those who can pass Arabic Foundation test.)
3 years on a full-time basis or 5 years on a part-time basis.
Fees 2017/18 UK/EU: £6,000
Financial Assistance Student Finance England available for UK students.
Please contact the College for more details.
Validating Institution Middlesex University
Application Procedure Application for this course is through UCAS (code T611)
Contact Admission
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This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by The Islamic College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

The BA (Hons) Hawza Studies programme is validated by Middlesex University. In this unique course, students gain a deep understanding of Islam within a modern framework of study leading to the award of a recognised degree. The course is consistent with the subjects taught in traditional centres of Hawza studies, such as Qum and Najaf, and incorporates some additional modules that suit the needs of Muslims living in the West. Since the successful study of Islamic sciences requires knowledge of the Arabic language, students are required to know Arabic before starting their BA course. For this purpose, students are required to study the one year course in Qur’anic Arabic as a foundation for Hawza Studies students, unless they can pass the Arabic Language test. This intensive course will equip students with the necessary skills required to access primary Arabic sources in order to perform their independent reading and research.


  • BA (Hons) degree from Middlesex University
  • Based on programmes taught in traditional centres of Hawza studies
  • Providing students with an in-depth knowledge of classical Arabic
  • Training students in skills that are essential for understanding Arabic texts
  • Progression onto advanced Hawza studies abroad (optional)
  • Proficient teachers with both Hawza and university training
  • Relevant to the needs of Muslims living in the West
  • Accommodation and financial assistance available, subject to conditions

Foundation Year

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Morphology IQA 110 4 20 Core
Syntax IQA 111 4 20 Core
Analytical Grammar IQA 112 4 20 Core
Reading and Writing IQA 113 4 20 Core
Listening and Speaking IQA 114 4 20 Core
Recitation of the Qur’an IQA 115 4 20 Core

Year 1

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Islamic Theology HSC 110 4 20 Core
Research Methodology for Hawza Studies HSC 111 4 10 Core
Logic HSC 112 4 10 Core
Arabic Syntax HSC 113 4 20 Core
Islamic Laws HSC 114 4 20 Core
Formative Period of the Shi’a HSC 115 4 20 Core
Qur’anic Sciences and Approaches to Exegesis HSC 117 4 20 Core

Year 2

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence 1 HSC 210 4 20 Core
Hadith Studies HSC 211 4 10 Core
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 1 HSC 212 4 20 Core
Principles of Jurisprudence 2 HSC 213 4 20 Core
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 2
HSC 214 4 20 Core
Islamic Ethics HSC 215 4 10 Core
Thematic Exegesis HSD 220 4 10 Designated
Arabic Rhetoric HSD 221 4 10 Designated
Current Issues in Muslim Societies HSD 222 4 10 Designated
Muslims in the West HSD 223 4 10 Designated
Abrahamic Faiths HSD 225 4 10 Designated

Year 3

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence 3
HSC 310 4 20 Core
Muslim Social and Political Thought HSD 311 4 10 Designated
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 3
HSC 312 4 20 Core
Project HSC 313 4 30 Core
Islamic Philosophy
HSC 314 4 20 Core
Biographical and Narrative Studies HSC 316 4 10 Designated
Jurisprudential Maxims HSD 320 4 10 Designated
Principles of Qur’anic Exegesis HSD 321 4 10 Designated
Islamic Education and Teacher Training HSD 324 4 10 Designated
Islamic Mysticism HSC 325 4 10 Core

All Islamic College Students are encouraged to be active and independent learners and to acquire all the necessary skills through a variety of methods of learning such as lectures, seminars (led by staff and students), presentations, tutorials, private study, individual research, and so forth.
Each module within a course has different assessment weighting. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays unless specified otherwise.