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Islamic Education (PGA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-X3V6
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • PGA
  • Duration
  • Part-time: 1 term
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Islamic Education PGA helps participants develop a reflective academic grounding on Islamic Education. Warwick's Centre for Education Studies has pioneered this PGA, the first of its kind in the UK, to bridge the gap between educational cultures of traditional Islamic seminaries and modern higher education.


This pioneering short course is the first of its kind to be offered in any UK University. It aspires to bridge the gap between the educational cultures of traditional Islamic seminaries and modern higher education. It is open to those who have an interest in exploring Muslim faith and its diverse traditions of education.

The award is designed to help participants develop a reflective academic grounding in the foundations of Islamic education. Students will critically explore narratives of education in Islam and engage with modern educational theory and models of pedagogic practice. It facilitates gaining essential research skills to be able to identify and pursue further academic study on diverse perceptions of education and cultures of teaching and learning within the context of historical and contemporary Muslim societies.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of Islam, the historical, cultural, theological and philosophical foundations of Muslim educational thought. The course aims to build students’ educational and pedagogic competence through facilitating a reflective engagement with a range of theoretical perspectives on the nature of education and educational values and practical skills for organising effective teaching and learning environments within the context of formal and informal Muslim educational settings.

Students who successfully complete the course will have the option of continuing with their studies by upgrading to MA Islamic Education: theory and practice.


Core Modules

  • Foundations of Islamic Education

Depending on which term modules run, you'll attend one or two 3-hour seminars each week during the Autumn and Spring Terms of modules plus research methods training lectures and seminars throughout all three terms. If you are a part-time student the number of modules you take each term will depend on the length of your course. You will have two optional modules to select in total. Depending on the modules you select, sessions consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies and self-study. Some modules are available online. Seminar group numbers vary depending on the modules that are selected. Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but may be a mixture of assignments and oral presentations. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff.

Teaching

The study programme consists of studying one module, Foundations of Islamic Education and will be taught face to face over ten weeks in Autumn Term (October). Each session will be three hours. The course is assessed through a critical review and an essay. You will be guided to select the appropriate materials for completing their critical review essay. You will be provided with suggestive essay topics but will also be encouraged to formulate essay questions reflecting their own areas of interest the field.

Skills from this degree

  • In-depth specialist knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of Islamic Education, by critically examining the educational teachings and values in the foundational sources and traditions of education in Islam
  • Critical insight into the relevant contemporary educational theory and pedagogic thought with special reference to examining the role of Islamic Education in modern multicultural and religious diverse secular societies
  • Competence in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities necessary to for facilitating reflective practice in the field
  • Competence to think educationally about Islam
  • By adopting a learner-centred, inquiry-based delivery strategy, students will develop competence for reflective practice
  • Develop philosophy of education by critically engaging with both the Islamic and Western traditions of educational thought and pedagogic practice

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or Islamic Seminary Training having teaching experience within formal and informal community based educational settings (Islamic schools and supplementary education sector like Madrassas and Maktabs)

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Academy 360; Ark Schools; British Council; Department of Education; E-Act; Oxfordshire County Council; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Academy of Engineering. They have pursued roles such as: actors, entertainers and presenters; business, research and administrative professionals; chief executives and senior officials; education advisers and school inspectors; further education teaching professionals and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Education
  • Careers with Children and Young People
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.