University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Islamic Studies

This is an interdisciplinary programme designed for those who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of Muslim religion, and/ or as preparation for advanced research degrees. This degree gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Islam as a literary and living tradition. It covers various approaches, eras and topics in the study of Islam, from literary analysis of medieval texts to anthropological examination of contemporary Muslim societies and lives. In addition, students will be able to achieve a good knowledge of Arabic language.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applicants who have been educated in the medium of English are still required to meet the English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that applicants meet the 'postgraduate standard' level of English proficiency. Applicants who are in doubt about their proficiency in English should contact the British Council office or its equivalent in their country. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, it is important that their proficiency in English is good in order for them to study successfully at the University.

Course modules

Core modules: research skills preparation (30 credit points); dissertation (20,000 words, 60 credits). Elective courses: (90 credit points): 3 chosen from Level 5 courses such as: depictions of demons and demonology in Islam: religion, literature and culture; 'Isa: the Islamic image of Jesus (origins and development) (30 credits); Qur'an and commentary (30 credits); stories of the prophets in Islam: a comparative perspective (30 credits); the life of Muhammad: religion, history, literature (30 credits); Islamic ethics (15 credits); morality and belief in Islam (30 credits); independent reading in historical studies (15 credits); approaching archives (15 credits); interpreting myth (30 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment will be mixed (course work and/or examination) but mainly consist of essays on advanced topics. Course coordinators will help students develop topics, guide them in reading and give detailed feedback on work. The dissertation will be assessed by submission of the dissertation. An oral examination may be held at the discretion of the examiners.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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