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We offer BA, MA, and PhD history and religion degrees, with interdisciplinary modules, which encourage collaboration with other disciplines at Northampton. You will study alongside renowned academics whose research is building a new way of looking at the world, and whose interests encompass culture, religion, gender, economics, law, philosophy, politics, technology, and warfare. Our small group teaching means that our students enjoy greater time and attention than they may find in other degree programmes.  We will help you to develop the valuable critical thinking, research, and writing skills that will enable you to make a difference in the world in whatever career you choose. 

Overview and entry requirements
The MA Islamic Studies programme offers students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur’an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The degree is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da’wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees.

Why study Islam at Northampton

• we are world-renowned for our language courses and specialist in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East

• study a wider range of religious and philosophical traditions in more depth than any other programme in the field, with our highly diversified expertise, our comprehensive resources, and our interdisciplinary approach


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• We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

• Two  year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East 101MC999 60 Full Year

Optional Modules
Students take 30 credits from List A or an approved open option.
List A
Module Code Credits Term
Qur’an and Hadith Studies Part I KHTV0214 15 Term 1
Qur’an and Hadith Studies Part B KHTV0215 15 Term 2
The Qur’an:Language, Style and Translation in English Part A KHTV0216 15 Term 1
The Qur’an:Language,Style and Translation in English Part B KHTV0217 15 Term 2

Islamic Legal Texts in Arabic Part A KHTV0218 15 Term 1

Islamic Legal Texts in Arabic Part B KHTV0219 15 Term 2

Islamic Texts: Language and the Synthesis of Classical Scholarship Part A KHTV02202 15 Term 1
Islamic Texts: Language and the Synthesis of Classical Scholarship Part B KHTV0214 15 Term 2

Translation of Islamic Texts (a project) KHTV0214 30 Term 1

Sufism Part A
Sufism Part B

Modern Trends in Islam KHTV0214 15 Term 1

Sufism Part B

Modern Trends in Islam KHTV0214 15 Term 2
Modern Trends in Islam KHTV0214 30 Full Year

List B
Module Code Credits Term
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15LC121 30 Full Year
Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PH035 15 Term 2