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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)


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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.


To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Every student will be required to take courses equivalent to four (4.0) full units including the dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least two (2.0) of the three (3.0) taught units within their chosen specialism. The third unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Courses or the following courses associated with the Islamic Law specialisation:

Full Course Units (1.0)
 Half Course Units (0.5)
 Dissertation (1.0)

 Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS has a wonderful environment that encourages you to learn everywhere you go and from everyone you meet. There are always events and lectures taking place, covering social, cultural and academic interests. No matter how niche your interests may be, there is something for everyone to get involved with!

Seemin Zahid