Reasons To Study At Al-Maktoum College

Diverse Thinking for Today’s World


An excellent range of unique courses

We offer a range of courses for all levels of study, from Introductory Certificate in Arabic Language to Professional Diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance. All our course are SCQF-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and we work to the highest academic standards, both in research and teaching. Our courses and programmes section has all the details.


We’re building bridges

At Al-Maktoum College, we strive to improve the understanding of Islam and Muslims, by reaching out to people from all walks of life and encouraging them to share their views and become involved in discussions about contemporary issues, and the challenges facing multicultural society. We’re proud of our links with the local and national community and we’re often consulted by government bodies, public organisations, business and the media. In studying here, you can add your voice to the discussion – strengthen the bonds between the ‘western’ and Muslim worlds.


A great city to study in

Al-Maktoum College is in Dundee – a vibrant city on the banks of the River Tay on the north east of Scotland. Dundee is fast becoming one of Scotland’s most diverse, modern and dynamic cities.  With three other universities and colleges, Dundee is bustling with students. It is easy to get around, with everything you need centrally located. It’s also a city with an exciting future – a £1bn waterfront redevelopment is currently underway, the centrepiece of which is the V&A Museum of Design Dundee.


Located at the heart of Scotland

Not only is Dundee a wonderful, friendly city in which to live, work and study, it’s also the perfect base for exploring further afield. From our central location it takes less than two hours to journey to the mountains to the north and the bustling big cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south. There are excellent transport links to the rest of Scotland, the UK and the rest of Europe.


State-of-the-art facilities

We’ve got everything you need on campus, from excellent lecture and seminar facilities to an IT suite and study rooms. The Shaikh Hamdan Library is the focus of individual study and research, housing over 23,000 volumes across two large rooms. When it’s time to relax we have a common room and a garden in which you can unwind and take a break.


Striving to reach new understanding

As part of our goal to widen and improve the study of Islam in conjunction with other religious and faith traditions, we are delighted to be developing new research centres. The Centre for the Study of Islamic Diversity, Education and Ethics is the first of these. We’re also welcoming visiting scholars who are conducting research in the areas of diversity, education and ethics and look forward to further mutual understanding of these important and fascinating topics.


An inclusive and welcoming ethos

At the heart of everything we do is the desire to embrace multiculturalism and religious pluralism, to value equally all human beings regardless of their religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, ability or cultural background. As part of this approach, we run a series of Open Lectures  every year, inviting speakers from all over the world. The enlightening and engaging lectures take on topics related to religion, Islam, Muslims and interfaith relations.


Here to help

We want your student experience to be as enjoyable as possible and we will do everything we can to support you. Our friendly academic staff are on hand to advise on all aspects of your coursework, and our admin team can help you with any questions you may have on entry requirements, applications, visas, funding, accommodation and local life. Student life can be overwhelming and that is why we have partnered with Dundee University to provide a counselling service should you need a friendly ear to listen to worries or concerns.


Excellent career prospects

Many of our students have graduated from Al-Maktoum College and gone on to work for government services at local and national levels as diplomats, consultants and project workers, in non-governmental and international organisations, the voluntary sector and charitable organisations. The knowledge and skills you will acquire here will also stand you in good stead for a career. Our courses are designed to give you important life skills that you will continue to use throughout your life, whatever path you choose.