MEd in Islamic Education: New Perspectives

Course Leader: Dr. Abdullah Sahin

This programme is designed to examine in depth the historical, theological, and philosophical aspects of classical Muslim educational thought and its institutions. The complexity of challenges facing diverse Muslim communities in Europe, North America and the Muslim world is now widely accepted. Islamic education is the critical long-term investment that will shape our longer-term responses.

Some of these challenges include the relevance of traditional models of Islamic education in addressing contemporary contexts, the perception and contemporary practice of education in the Arab and wider Muslim world, comparative perspectives on faith-based education, and pedagogic responses to religious extremism and radicalisation.

MEd continues to attract substantial numbers of national and international students. During the second term, there are about 25 students on the course. There are diverse educational experts including RE professionals contributing to the teaching of the programme, for example recently a well known RE expert Dr. Michael Grimmitt conducted a seminar at the programme

 What is distinct about the programme?

The new programme offers a distinct approach to Islamic education that takes the challenge of contemporary cultural and religious diversity seriously, and looks to move beyond exclusive and oppositional interpretations. A broad educational studies framework that promotes critical and dialogical engagement with both traditional Muslim educational thought and Western secular education will be taught.

The key features of the programme include:

• Intercultural awareness and competence

• Applying theory and developing good practice in Islamic education

• Developing active learning, critical thinking, and empirical research skills

• Developing competence to think educationally about Islam

• Developing relevant pedagogic (teaching and learning) skills

• Facilitating research-based self-assessment and professional development through e.g. Action Research

Who is it for ?

This programme aims to open up professional development pathways for Muslim educators, imams, activists and youth workers who want to develop effective teaching and learning skills. The program welcomes professionals from the wider fields of education and Religious Education who wish to improve their understanding of the Muslim faith and the challenges involved with teaching of Islam in contemporary multifaith Britain.

Compulsory Modules:

Module Name Credits Module Code
Islamic Education: Theory and Practice  30  MFP 114
Introduction to Educational Studies: Religion, Pedagogy and Identity Formation  15  MFP 225
Developing Research Strategies in Islamic Education  15  MFP 224
Dissertation (Islamic Education)  60  MFP 400

Optional Modules:

Module Name Credits Module Code
 Muslims in Britain  15  MFP 112
 Islam And Pluralism  30  MFP 107
 Islamic History  30  MFP 104
 Life of the Prophet Muhammad  15  MFP 208
 Islamic Sources: Qur'an and Sunnah  30  MFP 101


MEd Programme Map

MEd Postgraduate Certificate:
Awarded on the basis of 60 credits which must include 45 credits from the Compulsory modules as above.


 MEd Postgraduate Diploma:
Awarded on the basis of 120 credits, as for the MA degree but excluding the dissertation module.


 MEd Degree:  
180 credits including the  dissertation.

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