University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Islamic Studies

This Masters programme is designed for graduates with no prior knowledge of Islam as well as those who would like to develop their understanding of this major world faith.Our programme will enable you to acquire a profound comprehension of Islam both as a religious, intellectual and cultural tradition, and as a powerful political ideology. You will study materials which delineate the core values and doctrines of Islam, and those which elaborate on the diversity of practice and manifold traditions of the Islamic faith. Your ability to analyse materials, contexts and issues - and to engage in informed academic discussion on your conclusions - will be strengthened through the study of methodologies and research tools used today in Islamic Studies by historians, social scientists and cultural anthropologists. This combination of approaches to the study of Islam will enable you to acquire the analytical tools needed for independent study and interpretation of both medieval and contemporary aspects of Islam, not only within the context of the Middle East, but throughout the world.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in the Social Sciences or Humanities. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Some examples of the compulsory modules are as follows; Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Qualitative Methods in Social Research; Applied Quantitative Data Analysis and State and Society in the Middle East;
Some examples of optional modules are as follows; International Relations of the Middle East; The Middle East Since 1945; The Middle East Since 1945 ; Gender and Identity in the Middle East: Part I Constructing Selves in Social and Political Contexts; Arabic for Beginners and Elementary Persian

Assessment methods

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
+44(0)1392 723044