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School of Law

MA in Islamic Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Overview

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Islamic Law allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. All SOAS courses are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on courses offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners in their specialised fields.

Structure

Programme Specification

MA in Islamic Law programme specification.

Programme Structure

Please note that all MA students need to take a two week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course before the teaching term begins.

Students are required to take three taught courses and a dissertation as follows:

  • At least two courses from the list below
  • The third option may be chosen from the General List or can be from the list below
  • Dissertation (10,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree (15PLAC999)

Teaching & Learning

A Student's Perspective

I enjoyed the availability of a diverse range of units – something that you might not be able to get anywhere else. Also, the knowledge of the lecturers, particularly Diamond Ashiagbor, was incredible. In seminars, you would just get the feeling that she knew everything she was talking about and could answer any question.

Joshua Tan, Monash University