BA (Hons) Hawza Studies

Entry RequirementsA-levels grade CCC or equivalent. see here for more details. Students from EU may also apply.
DurationIncluding Cert HE in Qur’anic Arabic: (Essential)
4 years on a full-time basis or 7 years on a part-time basis. Including 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 2019/20UK/EU: £6,000
Financial AssistanceStudent Finance England available for UK students.
Please contact the College for more details.
Validating InstitutionMiddlesex University
Application ProcedureApplication for this course is through UCAS (code T611)
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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 would be required to take the one year Cert HE in Qur’anic Arabic 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

Year 1

Module TitleCodeLevelCreditsModule Type
Islamic Theology 1HSC110420Core
Research Methodology for Hawza Studies (Year long)HSC111420Core
Arabic Syntax (Year long)HSC113420Core
Islamic LawsHSC114410Core
Qur’anic Sciences and Approaches to ExegesisHSC117420Core
Formative Period of the Shi’aHSD115410Designated
Life of the ProphetHSD103410Designated
Introduction to Islamic PhilosophyHSD104410Designated
Introduction to Islamic ArtHSD109410Designated
Islamic Moral ValuesHSD119410Designated

Year 2

Module TitleCodeLevelCreditsModule Type
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence 1HSC210520Core
Hadith StudiesHSC211510Core
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 1HSC212520Core
Islamic Theology 2HSC201520Core
Islamic PhilosophyHSC204520Core
Thematic ExegesisHSD220510Designated
Arabic RhetoricHSD221510Designated
Current Issues in Muslim SocietiesHSD226510Designated
Muslims in the WestHSD223510Designated
Abrahamic FaithsHSD225510Designated
Islam and ModernityHSD205510Designated

Year 3

Module TitleCodeLevelCreditsModule Type
Principles of Jurisprudence 2HSC303620Core
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 2
Project (Year long)HSC312630Core
Qur’anic EschatologyHSC305610Core
Islamic MysticismHSC325610Core
Muslim Social and Political ThoughtHSD311610Core
Biographical and Narrative StudiesHSD316610Designated
Jurisprudential MaximsHSD320610Designated
Principles of Qur’anic ExegesisHSD321610Designated
Islamic Education and Teacher TrainingHSD324610Designated
Muslims in Britain and the Concept of CitizenshipHSD308610Designated

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.