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Master of Arts (Islamic Studies Research)

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CSU's Master of Arts (Islamic Studies Research) allows students to conduct research and develop and advanced body of knowledge in one of the Islamic Studies discipline areas.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Arts (Islamic Studies Research) was developed in response to demand from students and the academic community for a research program to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of an area of Islamic Studies.

    The program enables you to research an aspect of Islamic Studies that interests you, including developing an understanding of recent developments in the field. You will then present your findings in a thesis not exceeding 50,000 words.

    You may choose a research topic from one of the following discipline areas:

    • Islamic History
    • Islamic Law
    • Islamic Theology
    • Qur'anic Studies

    The Master of Arts (Islamic Studies Research) prepares graduates to apply an advanced body of knowledge in one of the Islamic Studies discipline areas of Qur’anic Studies, Islamic Theology, Islamic History, and Islamic Law, including understanding of recent developments in the field, together with advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the discipline, for research and scholarship and as a pathway for future learning. The course allows the student to develop and demonstrate technical and creative skills in their chosen area and to design, use and evaluate research and research methods, and to develop skills in analysising and synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to contemporary theological and social problems. Students also develop valuable academic research skills and present coherent and sustained arguments and present research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

  • Career opportunities
    The Master of Arts (Islamic Studies Research) at CSU will enhance your knowledge in a specific field, and may be beneficial for people already working in fields relating to Islamic Studies, or those with an interest in pursuing further research. 
  • Subjects

    Throughout this course, you will develop skills in research methods, critical analysis and research principles, and you will be able to engage in scholarly debate relating to your research field. You will make a contribution to knowledge in your chosen research area.

    This course is offered by distance education, allowing you to fit study and research around your existing commitments, but still providing extensive support and access to academic staff and CSU resources.

    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.

    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) PT (64)
    ISL602 Master Research (Islamic Studies) FT (64)

    Enrolment pattern

    No enrolment pattern is specified for HDR courses. Students are advised to contact their 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 typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYYJAIR
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeCGSYYYEAIR
    DirectDistance EducationUnited 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
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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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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