Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies

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This course is relevant to any candidate who wants to learn about Islam and its connection with other revealed religions such as Christianity and Judaism regarding plurality and diversity. The course will introduce students not only to the theology of Islam but its culture, civilisation and interaction with different people and nations in this globalised world.  The students will be able to develop a critical approach to the study of Islam and its diverse methodologies.

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Course Level

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

The Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies is awarded at SCQF level 10

Course Duration

8 months (full-time)

Start dates:

  • January
  • September


Entry Requirements


Prior knowledge No
Academic requirements 2 Highers
Work experience Not required


Full entry requirements are available here

Course Information

This unique course is designed to develop students knowledge of the key areas of Islamic Studies. The course 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 encountered with other cultures and civilisations. They will also explore other areas such as women and Islam, Islamic core sources and Islamic ethics considering contemporary developments.

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.

Course Aims

  • 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.


The course is comprised 5 compulsory units and 1 optional unit


Unit SCQF level Credits
Introduction to Islamic Studies  9 12
Islamic Core Sources and Approaches  10 12
Islamic Ethics  10 12
Women and Islam  10 12
Research Skills and Project Report 11 20
Optional unit  Various

Compulsory units

Introduction to Islamic Studies

Introduces 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

Gives 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

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

This 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.

Optional units


Teaching will adopt a blended model of face-to-face and digital teaching methods.

Students are encouraged to be active participants and raise questions.

The course is composed of 5 core units and an optional unit. Each unit makes up of 12 credits taught over 12 weeks. For each unit students must dedicate at least 120 hours of study, 24 contact hours and 196 independent study.  The option of Arabic, may require extra study hours.  


The assessment is varied and will be both formative and summative. Students will write either and essay or a critical review on a subject about the unit. They will also present in the class for about 15 minutes as part of developing the communication skills, argumentation and coherence of ideas. Class participation and online discussions will constitute a part of the assessment as well.


The course will facilitate transition from further education to higher education for those who wish to take the academic route to become theologians, scholars of comparative religion. It might pave the way for those students who would like to pursue a career in journalism, Middle Eastern studies, politics, international relations, sociology and consultancy local and national governments on Muslim affairs. In addition, the programme is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary and as such will develop the critical and analytical skills of the student.

Student life

The College provides a conducive environment for its learners and staff in terms of facilities. More importantly, the College promotes multiculturalism as encapsulated in its vision and philosophy. The College is also situated near the city centre of Dundee close to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as well as the Dundee College.

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