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Diploma in Contemporary Islamic Studies

This programme will draw on the knowledge and experience of researchers and professionals operating in the field of classical and contemporary Islamic studies.

  • Tuition fees: UK - £5,400 | International - £8,100
  • Programme level: SCQF Level 11
  • Start date: January 2025

Aim of qualification:

The Diploma in Contemporary Islamic Studies is an intensive, seven-month or one-year, part-time programme which draws on the knowledge and experience of researchers and professionals operating in the field of classical and contemporary Islamic studies.

Designed for students interested in merging issues relating to Muslim communities (minorities) living in the Western world, this programme provides an in-depth analysis of the core issues and debates surrounding Islamic studies in Muslim and non-Muslim contexts. Students will develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of contemporary issues pertaining to Muslims living in the West.

The programme aims to prepare students to work cross-culturally by developing an empathetic understanding of people of their own communities but also communities of other faiths or none. The students will reflect on Islamic jurisprudence, relevant theories and concepts, ideologies to make a substantial contribution to facilitating discussion on issues relating to everyday practice of religion in secular societies. The proposed programme will critically explore a range of perspectives and debates surrounding Islamic law, modernity, governance in the contemporary European multicultural and multi-faith context.

Delivery of qualification:

All classes are recorded and accessible through Moodle online platform of the college. The virtual mode will be further supported by live online classes on Wednesdays from 17:00-20:00. Virtual Learning will be supported with seminars which will take place in organizations with which the College has memorandum of understanding.


Unit Code Unit Title Mandatory or Optional? SCQF Level SCQF Credit Points
J6J9 04 Sciences of Quran and Sunnah Mandatory 11 20
J6JF 04 Islamic Jurisprudence and Law Mandatory 11 20
J3SC 04 Research Skills and Project Report Mandatory 11 20
J6JD 04 Islam and Modernity: Sociopolitical Issues and Religion


Optional 11 20
J6JM 04 Muslim History and Civilisation Optional 11 20
J6JJ 04 Islamic Philosophy and Theology Optional 11 20
J6JC 04 Gender, Sexualities and Islam Optional 11 20
J6JL 04 Muslim Family Law Optional 11
Overall Credit Rating 3 mandatory + 3 optional 11 120

Programme Information

Entry requirements

  • 2 Highers or equivalent and National 5 Maths or equivalent
  • Relevant practical experience

*Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may be asked to attend an interview.  

English Language requirements 

Teaching takes place solely in English and you must demonstrate that your English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

If English is not your first language you must hold a qualification as evidence of your English language skills. Full details of the qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Student Visa requirements for study in the UK

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications.

Al-Maktoum College will accept the following:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • LanguageCert – B2 or equivalent

Full entry requirement information can be found here.

You should apply directly using the College online application system and your application will usually be assessed within 3 working days. We my contact you to provide further information or to invite you to a short informal interview.

Please make sure you have the following information before starting your application:

  • Academic transcripts and qualification certificates
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Passport details
  • Referee details

We consider all aspects of the application: academic qualifications, personal statement and references.

All correspondence will be sent from after an application of study has been submitted and you should direct any questions there.