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Islam in Contemporary Britain (MA/PgDip)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

This programme aims to provide students with an understanding of the history and development of Muslim communities in the UK, and the social science training and skills to undertake original qualitative research with and about Muslims in Britain.

Special Features

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Course Structure

Students taking the Postgraduate Diploma take a total of 120 credits of modules, consisting of:

Students enrolled on the MA take these modules plus:

8 contact hours per week, Autumn and Spring Semesters

Please see Islam in Contemporary Britain on the School website for more course and module information.

Available Modules

This programme provides an all-round training in qualitative research methods in relation to Muslim communities in Britain. It consists of 6 compulsory modules and a dissertation module for MA students.

The compulsory modules are framed within Part 1 of the course and comprise:

School-wide study postgraduate skills module = 20 credits (up to 2 hours per week, Autumn Semester)

Qualitative Research Methods (via School of Social Sciences) = 20 credits (2 hours per week, Autumn and Spring Semesters)

Foundations of Social Science Research (via School of City and Regional Planning) = 20 credits (up to 2 hours per week, Autumn Semester)

History and Development of Muslim Communities in Britain = 20 credits (2 hours per week, Autumn Semester) which includes:

Contemporary Debates = 20 credits (2 hours per week, weeks 1-5, Spring Semester) to include:

Muslims in Britain Today = 20 credits (2 hours per week, Spring Semester) to include:

Part 2 (MA students only) consists of a dissertation (16,000-20,000 words) which can be undertaken on a topic of the student’s choice, during June-September.

Career Prospects

The course offers a wide range of possible career opportunities. It is a highly suitable programme for those who are looking for careers in academic research, the public sector (such as local authorities), the race and community relations industry, inter-faith work, community development and the voluntary sector.

Skills Acquired

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On completion the Diploma or MA students will be able to:

Career Prospects

The course offers a wide range of possible career opportunities. It is a highly suitable programme for those who are looking for careers in academic research, the public sector (such as local authorities), the race and community relations industry, inter-faith work, community development and the voluntary sector.

Student Testimonials

“Prior to joining Cardiff’s Islam-UK centre, I undertook a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at Birmingham University. I have lived in many cities, but by far the most welcoming is Cardiff! The best thing about the MA course is the friendly and close-knit network of students and scholars in the department. Each person brings something unique to the course through their research interest”

Anisa Ather, studying in 2012-13

“The MA students at Cardiff are presented with a unique opportunity to explore, analyse and gain an in-depth understanding of past and present issues facing Muslim communities in Britain. This has been a fascinating and enriching experience as the course complements and builds upon the knowledge that I acquired during my undergraduate degree in Religion and Education from the University of Huddersfield”.

Yunus Ali, studying in 2012-13

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for graduates in a wide variety of Humanities disciplines and Social Sciences and those with an interest in understanding Islam in Britain, past, present and future. This programme is also helpful for people who work with, or for, the Muslim community, and those who are keen to develop a research/academic career in this exciting new field.

Applicants should normally possess or expect to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. Those without a degree from a recognised university may be considered for the programme via the alternative entry route, which requires an examination and interview.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Students are encouraged to undertake voluntary work with Muslim communities in Cardiff, and are supported in doing so. This might include activities such as assisting with homework clubs run via local mosques, or contributing to the Muslim Council of Wales ‘iLead’ programme which aims to support young Muslims developing leadership skills.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

How to Apply

Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service selecting the MA Islam in Contemporary Britain option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.

Funding

For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding website.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,865.00
    Diploma fees are £1,272 per 40 credit module and £1,905 per 60 credit module
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £6,750.00
    Diploma fees are £6,741

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr. Sophie Gilliat-Ray  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6125 

Fax:  

Email: Gilliat-RayS@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/aboutus/religion/index.html

More information

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