SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Independent Study Project in Islamic Studies

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year

The objective of the module is to provide the students with advanced training in academic research and writing. This final year unit is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the BA in Islamic Studies/BA Arabic and Islamic Studies.

The topic of this ISP is left to the student to propose. Once it has been approved by the convenor it is then up to the student to develop it from written and oral sources within the appropriate field of research.

This module is compulsory for year 3 students on BA Islamic Studies.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of a module, a student should be able to demonstrate clear evidence of undertaking a detailed supervised study of a topic in Islamic Studies. Candidates research their projects with guidance from an appropriate supervisor. This module will be examined by a project of 10,000 words.

The topic must be approved by the undergraduate tutor/module convenor before the student is allowed to embark on this module.


10 hours of supervision in total throughout the academic year

Method of assessment

One essay of 10,000 words to be submitted by Friday week 1, term 3.


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