BA (Hons) Islamic 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 Foundation Year UK/EU: £3,000

BA per Year 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 V622)
Contact Admission
+44 (0) 208 451 9993    –    +44 (0) 20 8438 1207

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by The Islamic College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

BA (Hons) Islamic Studies, validated by Middlesex University, provides you with an opportunity to study the foundation and development of Islamic knowledge from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective. 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 Islamic 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. Students are also exposed to a variety of Sunni, Shia, Orientalist and other views and encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to adopt an academic approach to their studies. At the same time The Islamic College emphasises the spiritual aspects of Islam and wishes to inspire students to endeavour to moral and ethical excellence. The course includes core modules on Islamic studies, while giving you the flexibility to choose from a broad selection of related courses on Islam and Muslim society. The course is suited for students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in Islamic studies or related disciplines, as well as for those interested in obtaining a BA before going on to other fields or professions. Our dedicated lecturers provide expertise in areas ranging from Qur’anic sciences, Islamic law and jurisprudence, and Islamic economics to current issues in the Muslim world with special reference to Muslims in Europe. We aim to:

  • Provide students with an in-depth knowledge of classical Arabic
  • Train students in skills that are essential for understanding Arabic texts
  • Provide students with an opportunity to broaden, deepen, and enrich their understanding of Islam.
  • Promote the appreciation of Islamic ethics and code of personal practice.
  • Prepare students to contribute in Islamic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural environments.
  • Equip students with the skills they need to pursue lifelong learning.
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking skills in students.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop the capacity for independent learning.
  • Enable students to develop their academic potential.

The Islamic College as an academic institution intends to provide the learners with the opportunity to study Islam and to engage in Islamic studies. The Islamic College welcomes all applicants regardless of background, culture, religion, sect, or gender. Applications to the BA (Hons) Islamic Studies programme need to be made through UCAS. All postgraduate and undergraduate courses are validated by Middlesex University. Middlesex University awards your degree and invites you to attend the appropriate graduation ceremony on the successful completion of the course.

Course Outline

The Islamic College course in Islamic Studies aims to familiarize students with the key topics, sciences and concepts pertinent to Islam, studying such things as the Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic History, Law, Theology, Philosophy and modern issues. The variety of designated modules offered in years 2 and 3 allow students to pursue specific interests and gain deeper insight into certain fields, or to explore new ones. Due to the wide scope and great depth of the Islamic sciences, the in-house lectures will mostly introduce students to the main issues relevant to the module, which is why students are expected to perform independent reading and individual research in order to cover the width and breadth of the topic. For every 10 credit module students will have 20 hours of class contact which they are expected to complement with at least 80 hours of private work. A full-time student will be expected to study an equivalent of normally 120 credits of modules in each year of study. A module can be described as an independent self-contained component and the building block of a degree course. It consists of a series of lectures, seminars and assignments covering the syllabus of the particular subject, with an assessment at the end. BA (Honors) in Islamic Studies is normally studied full-time over 4 years, however, if the potensial student has knowledge of Arabic Language, after passing the Arabic test he/she can drop foundation year and as full-time student can finish the course in 3 years. Each academic year includes two semesters. It can also be studied as part-time over a period of seven years. Successful completion of a module in each semester earns students credits – depending on the scope of the module- totalling 60 credits per semester, 120 per academic year, and 480 credits in four years, including the completion of the project (30 credits). Each module is allocated a fixed credit weighting which gives an indication of the workload associated with that module. Credit points can be regarded as the currency for modular degrees and are instrumental in determining whether a student has studied and passed sufficient modules to qualify for a degree.

Course Structure

The BA (Honors) course at the Islamic College operates on a modular/credit structure, as shown below.

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 Thought ISC 110 4 20 Core
Research Methodology for Islamic Studies ISC 111 4 10 Core
Arabic 1 ISC 114 4 10 Core
The Formative Period of Islam ISC 115 4 20 Core
Introduction to Islamic Law ISC 116 4 20 Core
Qur’anic Sciences and Approaches to Exegesis ISC 117 4 20 Core
Islamic Ritual Law ISC 118 4 10 Core
Islamic Moral Values ISC 119 4 10 Core

Year 2

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence ISC 210 4 20 Core
Hadith Studies ISC 211 4 10 Core
The Middle-Period of Islamic History ISC 212 4 20 Core
Arabic 2 ISC 213 4 10 Core
Islamic Family Law ISC 214 4 20 Core
Qur’anic Eschatology ISC 215 4 20 Core
Readings in Hadith Studies ISC 216 4 10 Core
Shi’i Islam ISD 221 4 10 Designated
Introduction to English Law ISD 222 4 10 Designated
Muslims in the West ISD 223 4 10 Designated
Abrahamic Faiths ISD 225 4 10 Designated
Current Issues in Muslim Societies ISD 226 4 10 Designated

Year 3

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Islamic Philosophy ISC 310 4 20 Core
Muslim Social and Political Thought ISD 311 4 10 Designated
Project ISC 313 4 30 Core
Arabic 3 ISC 313 4 10 Core
Islamic Commercial and Criminal Law ISC 314 4 20 Core
Modern Islamic History ISC 316 4 10 Core
Islamic Economics ISD 321 4 10 Designated
Modern Western Philosophy ISD 323 4 10 Designated
Islamic Education and Teacher Training ISD 324 4 10 Designated
Islamic Mysticism ISD 325 4 10 Designated
History of the Spread of Islam ISD 326 4 10 Designated

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 a different assessment weighting. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays unless specified otherwise.