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Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours)

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The Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours) provides an opportunity for students to conduct guided research in one of the Islamic Studies disciplines.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours) develops advanced research skills in Islamic studies through the successful completion of a substantial scholarly research project. The course develop skills in Islamic studies methods, critical analysis of relevant literature, cogent and sustained argument, and clear, precise writing. Students will learn to work under supervision and take up research in a specialised Islamic studies field.

    The Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours) concentrates on developing research capacity under the close tutelage of qualified supervisors. It serves as a stepping stone to doctoral level research.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of two core subjects and an elective:

    Core Subjects
    ISL599 Guided Research (16)
    ISL595 Islamic Studies Honours Project/Dissertation (32)

    Choose one elective from the following restricted electives:
    ISL550 Islam and Science: Contemporary Ethical Issues (16)
    ISL555 Contemporary Islamic Movements (16)
    ISL556 Islamic Economy, Banking and Finance (16)
    ISL591 Interpreting Islamic Sacred Texts (16)
    ISL593 Islamic Theology: Classical to Contemporary Thought (16)

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-Time Enrolment Pattern
    Session 1
    [Restricted Elective] (16)
    ISL599 Guided Research (16) (Commenced)

    Session 2
    ISL599 Guided Research (16) (Completed)
    ISL595 Islamic Studies Honours Project/Dissertation (32) (Commenced)

    Session 3
    ISL595 Islamic Studies Honours Project/Dissertation (32) (Completed)

    Part-Time Enrolment Pattern
    Session 1
    [Restricted Elective] (16)

    Session 2
    ISL599 Guided Research (16) (Commenced)

    Session 3
    ISL599 Guided Research (16) (Completed)

    Session 4
    ISL595 Islamic Studies Honours Project/Dissertation (32) (Commenced)

    Session 5
    ISL595 Islamic Studies Honours Project/Dissertation (32) (Completed)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ISL555 Contemporary Islamic Movements
    ISL550 Islam and Science: Contemporary Ethical Issues

  • Admission information

    Applicants to this course must have achieved either of the following:

    • been awarded or eligible to graduate with CSU's Bachelor of Islamic Studies
    • a comparable degree from CSU or another institution


    • applicants will normally be required to have attained a credit average or better in the Level 2 and Level 3 subjects taken within the Bachelor of Islamic Studies

    Acceptance into the program will be subject to approval by the Course Director and is at the discretion of the Director of CISAC.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.


    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNJAIZ
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeCGSYYNEAIZ

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisations / Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA)

    The Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation is a collaboration between CSU and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA). The School offers accredited Islamic studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU’s courses have been designed in collaboration with ISRA’s advisory committee which includes some of the most respected Muslim scholars from the Australian Muslim community. Established in 2009, ISRA is a product of the inter-faith dialogue movement and is a platform for cooperation between Australian Muslims and educational institutions around Australia. With more than 10 year’s experience, the directors of ISRA are pioneers in Islamic education. ISRA brings extensive knowledge and experience in the provision of educational services, contributing the uniqueness of courses in the school.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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