Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies 2018/19

  • To introduce students to Islam, its history, belief system, key values and figures.
  • To examine early historical events and the development of Islam, with special reference to the Makkan and Madinan
  • To examine ethical theories, concepts and questions within the Islamic framework.
  • To highlight the main themes of Islamic core sources.
  • To explore issues regarding women and Islam by examining gender issues in light of religion and culture.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Most of the students that are expected to take this programme will be quite diverse in terms of age, life experience and epistemological conventions. However, candidates are expected to have good communication skills and qualifications such as:

  • A Level: preferably ABB (BBC minimum requirement)
  • Scottish Higher: AABBB (BBBC minimum requirement)
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: AB (BB minimum requirement)

Other qualifications should be equivalent to at least the Framework for Higher Education Level 3 or the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 6/7 and can be in any subject area. However, qualifications in social sciences, cultural studies and religious studies are preferable.

All other requirements, such as English Language proficiency and references remain applicable.

Course Length

Course length is 7 months when studied full-time

Tuition Fees

The fees for this programme are £3,300 for Home/EU students.

Bursaries are available for eligible students.

*These fees are subject to change.

About this course

This unique and innovative programme is designed to develop students’ knowledge of the key areas of Islamic Studies. This programme will introduce Islam in terms of its fundamental beliefs, history and development from the Arabian Peninsula to other parts of the world. Students will examine the key teachings of Islam as a religion and a civilisation that has come in contact with other cultures and civilisations. They will also explore other areas such as women and Islam, Islamic core sources and Islamic ethics in light of contemporary developments.

This programme is SCQF credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Future Study and Careers

This programme is relevant to any candidate who wants to learn about Islam and its connection with other revealed religions such as Christianity and Judaism.

Through establishing a foundation and some critical thinking on the subject matter, candidates will become confident in addressing various challenges in response to their personal or professional situations through working in a multicultural society.

Additional Information

Programme Elements

The programme is comprised of five compulsory units (+ 1 optional unit).

The whole programme is equal to 72-80 credit points with 20 credit points for optional Arabic Language units and 12 credit points for any other unit. The Advanced Diploma will be awarded to students who successfully pass all units.

The compulsory units are as follows:

Introduction to Islamic Studies will introduce students to Islam, its history, important personalities in the early history of Islam, the development of Islam, its main sources and basic teachings. The students will also be introduced to the skill of transliterating for correct pronunciation of some Arabic/Islamic terms. On successful completion of this unit, students should know the basic teachings and the main sources of Islam. In addition, students will be able to understand some of the similarities and differences between Islam and other religions.

Islamic Core Sources and Approaches will give students a comprehensive understanding of the Islamic core sources and approaches. They will be introduced to the different sciences developed within Islamic studies from exegesis (tafsir) to Islamic law (fiqh) and principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh). On successful completion of this unit, students should know the different methodological approaches developed by Muslim scholars within the Islamic tradition.

Islamic Ethics (Akhlaq) has always been an intrinsic and fundamental part of Islamic thought, manifested in both Muslim jurisprudence and Islamic theology. This unit will look at the centrality of ethics in the Islamic core sources and how early and classical Muslim scholars have conceptualised it. Modern debates about the significance of ethics in Islamic core sources will be critically examined.

Women and Islam is a lively subject used by those in both the Islamic and western worlds. It is a subject often used by critics to portray Islam as a misogynistic and oppressive religion. In their arguments, their first point of reference is the plight of Muslim women in many Islamic societies. The advocates of women’s rights in Islam encourage differentiation between the teachings of Islam and diverse cultural practices.

Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Islamic Studies is designed to strengthen students’ critical thinking while writing or reading scientific research, to familiarise students with theories and the practical application of research methodology, methods, design and strategy while conducting a research proposal. The unit also includes aspects of methodology of Muslim scholars in searching for the truth by considering the revealed knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah, evidence from iltizamand qiyas (logic) or even disputed sources.

Core Units

  • Introduction to Islamic Studies (SCQF 9)
  • Islamic Core Sources and Approaches (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Ethics (SCQF 10)
  • Women and Islam (SCQF 10)
  • Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Islamic Studies (SCQF 10)”

Optional Units

  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 5)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 6)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 7)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 8)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Economics and Finance (SCQF 11)
  • Islamic Commercial Law (SCQF 11)
  • Applied Islamic Banking and Insurance (SCQF 11)
  • Islamic Accounting and Auditing (SCQF 11)

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