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Master of Islamic Studies (Research)

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Master of Islamic Studies (Research)

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Whether you are seeking to enhance your career or explore an area of interest in Islamic studies, CSU's Master of Islamic Studies (Research) is an ideal choice.

Available for full-time or part-time online study, this degree allows you to develop an advanced body of knowledge in an Islamic studies discipline area.

  • Why study this course?

    Developed in response to demand from students and the academic community, this research degree provides advanced knowledge and understanding in Islamic studies. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you will research an aspect of Islamic studies that interests you and present your findings in a detailed thesis.

    Choice of topic

    This degree gives you the opportunity to develop expertise in an Islamic studies discipline area, including Qur'anic studies, Islamic theology, Islamic history, Islamic law, Islamic spirituality and contemporary Islamic studies to gain an understanding of recent developments in the field. 

    Skills development

    You will design, use and evaluate research and research methods and develop skills in analysing and synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories, as applied to contemporary theological and social problems. You will also develop valuable academic research skills and present your arguments and research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Flexible study options

    CSU offers full-time and part-time online study options to complement your work and lifestyle commitments. You can also fast-track your studies by taking extra subjects in Session 3 (November to February).

    Leaders in research

    The Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation (CISAC) is a collaboration between CSU and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia. CISAC lecturers have a broad spectrum of expertise and are fully engaged in research, putting them in a prime position to support and oversee your research project.

  • Career opportunities

    A postgraduate qualification in Islamic studies may lead to a range of career opportunities. If you are already working in a field related to Islamic studies, this degree will bolster your expertise and enhance your career prospects. Successful completion of CSU's Master of Islamic Studies (Research) demonstrates to employers that you have skills in conducting research, analysing data, managing a project and communicating at an advanced level. With further study, your degree could pave the way for a career in academia.

  • 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

    Students should contact the Field of Research Coordinator to discuss possible research topics.

    The course consists of 64 points comprising one core research subject.  Each student will be allocated one of the following research subject codes and will enrol in that subject for the period of their candidature:

    ISL601 Master Research (Islamic Studies) part-time (64 points)
    ISL602 Master Research (Islamic Studies) full-time (64 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    No enrolment pattern is specified for Higher Degree by Research courses. Students are advised to contact their Course Coordinator for relevant information.

  • Admission information

    Applicants should hold:

    • a Master of Islamic Studies from Charles Sturt University with a Distinction average plus evidence of research; or
    • a Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours) with Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 from Charles Sturt University; or
    • an award from another accredited tertiary institution, accepted by the Research Advisory Committee as equivalent to one of the above awards, and/or have demonstrated in study or professional performance potential to undertake research at a Master degree level.

    Admission to candidature is subject to approval by the Research Advisory Committee.

    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.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYYJAIR
    DirectOnlineUnited Theological CollegeRTS
    DirectOnlineUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYYOAIR

    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 a thesis or portfolio not exceeding 50,000 words which is equivalent to 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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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.

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    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.

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  • 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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