SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dissertation in Islamic Intellectual History

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Taught in:
Full Year

This dissertation enables the students to work on a research topic in relation to their chosen major. They will learn how to approach the topic they have chosen from an academic angle, under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period and submitted in September.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, students should have:

  • The ability to apply their subject knowledge and methodology to a specific research problem research problem in their area of specialism;
  • The skills required to pursue independent research in an academic context;
  • The ability to present their work to different audiences in a clear professional form.


Total of 15 hours teaching throughout the year made up of 10 hours individual supervision and 5 hours of lectures.

Scope and syllabus

The students will attend five preparatory seminars over the course of the academic year, in which they will be familiarised with research methods and with what is expected of a postgraduate dissertation in Area Studies.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 dissertation to be submitted online in September. (100%)

Suggested reading

Readings will vary according to the particular topic selected, but integral to the process of selecting a suitable topic is the choice of a topic for which adequate resources (whether books, journals, on-line resources etc.) are already available to a SOAS Masters student.

Guidelines for preparation of Masters Dissertation

Postgraduate Taught Degree Dissertation Guidelines


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules