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Religions, Society and Education (Islamic Education) - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

The central objective of the Islamic Education Pathway within the MA Religions, Society and Education is to enable diverse groups of teachers and Muslim educators to become research-based reflective practitioners whilst facilitating teaching and learning of Muslim faith and its historical and modern expressions within diverse contemporary educational settings. By adopting an interdisciplinary research framework, you will critically examine perceptions of education in Muslim textual sources and intellectual heritage as well as engage with modern educational theory and pedagogic practice.

This course will develop your ability to engage, apply and develop a range of research and methodological approaches to your own professional practice and provide opportunities for your own professional development and reflection. Emphasis is placed on providing you with the opportunity to engage with a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods and to apply these to your professional experience and contexts. The first part of the programme has therefore been designed to enable you to explore a range of research methods relevant to your particular area of professional expertise in Religions, Society and Education. As an independent practitioner in Islamic Education, you will apply, develop and then extend your own professional practice and academic skills, culminating in the submission of an extended study in the form of a 20,000-word dissertation.

This programme draws on current staff research and teaching expertise as well as both academic and professional relationships developed by staff in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) within CES.

Core Modules:
You will have a selection of optional core modules that you will complete at least two of whilst on this programme.

Optional core modules (select at least two):
• Education Theory Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Ethnographic Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Interview Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Qualitative Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Quantitative Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Questionnaire Studies in Religions, Society and Education

• Dissertation

Optional Modules:
This programme has a number of optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the programme. Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.
• Historical Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Philosophical Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Psychological Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Sociological Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Textual Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Theological Studies in Religions, Society and Education
• Relevant modules from other MA programmes offered at CES can be taken with the permission of the course leader

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

The emphasis within the seminars and teaching sessions is on full candidate participation, guided learning and independent research-based enquiry that enhances professional reflective practice. Individual candidates concentrate on research problems or questions emerging from their own professional practice and experience.

You will select at least two optional core 30-credit modules and up to two option 30-credit modules drawn from following choice, followed by a dissertation. The candidates, depending on their interests, will be able to take relevant optional modules within other MA programmes offered at the CES.

Programmes within the Centre for Education Studies are assessed through a variety of methods depending on the module choices each student makes.

Graduate Destinations:

The programme is designed for opening up professional development pathways for diverse groups of educational practitioners, Muslim educators and faith leaders who work within the context of formal and informal Islamic and general educational settings.

The programme is ideally suited for candidates progressing into or within senior leadership positions, including senior faith leaders, staff running the Islamic Education provision within the Mosque and Madrassa, as well as subject leaders, head teachers and senior leadership teams within schools. This programme is also suited to Muslim youth workers, chaplains and Islamic Studies specialists based in general higher education institutions and traditional Muslim seminaries. The programme is open to religious education practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Islam and be able to respond effectively to the educational and spiritual needs of Muslim children and young people under their care.

In a personal capacity the programme is designed to enhance practitioners’ appreciation of, and competences within, their professional field. In a professional capacity the programme is designed to equip practitioners for progression within their chosen career structure.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2-5 years

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band A


Centre for Education Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £17,750* per year

Home/EU: £1,430 per 30 CAT module
Overseas: £2,960 per 30 CAT module

*Standard university fees will be charged for Home students in 2018/19 and Overseas students are entitled to £1,550 bursary support in 2018/19 on the full Masters fee, pro-rated per 30 CATs. The overseas bursary support has been included in the fees shown.

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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.