Islamic Studies: University of Birmingham

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Islamic Studies: University of Birmingham, Department of Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Religious Studies or Theology
3 years
+44 (0)121 414 3406
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Islam is one of the major religions of the world. It has greatly influenced the course of history and it continues to exercise a huge influence on the present. To understand these influences involves looking, in depth, into the sources and developments of Islamic religious thought and culture.

This programme offers a flexible structure for exploring different aspects of Islamic life, belief and tradition. You can explore a range of other religious faiths, as well as changing forms of religion and spirituality in contemporary society.

First year

The study in the first year gives you a solid foundation in the subject. The core modules entail a critical investigation of Islamic history and thought, and an introductory course on the study of religion. Optional modules introduce you to a range of subjects including Arabic, Islamic Law and other religious traditions such as Christianity and Judaism.

Second and third years

Subjects for study range from the further study of Islamic sources to the wider aspects of Islam in contemporary society, religion and politics. It is also possible to pursue further the study of Arabic. You will also write a dissertation in the third year.

Teaching and assessment

They are keen to use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you get the most out of your studies – including presentations, discussions, field trips and exercises on the internet. Class sizes are not too big, making it easier for you to take part in class discussions and get to know other students.

Career opportunities

The skills learned in this programme, including independent thinking, clear argument and an ability to work in a group, will prepare you for many different careers. A popular career choice is teaching, but the range of other careers that our graduates have entered is enormous, and is not only restricted to religious organisations, but has also included journalism, the legal profession, business, social work, personnel management and many others.

Entry requirements

  • Number of A levels required: 3
  • Typical offer: BBC
  • General Studies: accepted
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points

Other qualifications are considered – see the entry requirements section for full details

Contact details

  • Admissions Tutor: Dr Ian Draper
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