University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Islamic Studies

This interdisciplinary programme offers students courses from several disciplines, covering 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, which is necessary for the study of many of the Islamic sources.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience. English proficiency is required.

Course modules

Modules include: Depictions of demons and demonology in Islam (religion, literature and culture); 'Isa (the Islamic image of Jesus (origins and development)); Qur'an and commentary; stories of the prophets in Islam (a comparative perspective); the life of Muhammad (religion, history, literature); morality and belief in Islam; independent reading in historical studies; approaching archives; interpreting myth; dissertation colloquium.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time - 12 months
MLitt Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Application queries
Telephone number: 
01224 272890