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Master of Islamic Studies

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Master of Islamic Studies

Graduate Diploma of Islamic Studies
Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies

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CSU's Master of Islamic Studies provides study covering theological, historical, practical, contemporary and spiritual aspects of Islam

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Islamic Studies program provides a unique combination of the traditional Islamic sciences and the contemporary discourse on religion and Islam to provide a balanced perspective of Islamic Studies in today's world. The courses are designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Islamic Studies.

    The courses provide students with grounded knowledge and analytical skills in the study of Islam, developing their ability to analyse information in theological, legal, social, contemporary and spiritual aspects of Islam. Students will also develop extensive knowledge of Islamic history and be introduced to the Arabic language.

    The Master of Islamic Studies is a postgraduate course consisting of twelve subjects. Students develop independent research and analytical skills and will consequently be able to demonstrate critical thinking in a range of theological and research methodologies focused on the area of their research. Students will be able to demonstrate an overview of knowledge in Islam, in addition to extensive knowledge in their individual topic area within Islamic Studies. They will also present with advanced research skills and communication skills on their area of research. The course prepares students for further study at a Doctoral level, or for a range of professions.

    Weekly lectures

    There are optional weekly lectures offered in Melbourne and Sydney at the ISRA Centre.

  • Career opportunities

    The program provides knowledge, skills and qualifications that will add value to a profession in humanities or teaching fields. Students will have career opportunities including religious education teaching  in private study circles, schools, mosques and other institutions. Graduates can pursue academic careers in Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology or Islamic Law.

  • 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

    Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies (32)
    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points comprising two core subjects (16) and two restricted electives (16).

    Core Subjects (16)
    ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology
    ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality

    Restricted Electives (16)
    Choose two electives from the following restricted electives.
    ISL410 Islamic Jurisprudence of the Five Pillars
    ISL411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh)
    ISL430 Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)
    ISL481 Philosophy of Prophet Muhammad's Life (Sirah)

    Graduate Diploma of Islamic Studies (64)
    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points comprising six core subjects (48) and two restricted electives (16).

    Core Subjects (48)
    ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology
    ISL410 Islamic Jurisprudence of the Five Pillars
    ISL411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh)
    ISL430 Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)
    ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality
    ISL481 Philosophy of Prophet Muhammad's Life (Sirah)

    Restricted Electives (16)
    Choose two electives from the following restricted electives. One elective must be Arabic which must be chosen in consultation with your course director.
    ISL412 Religious and Communal Leadership in Modern Society
    ISL413 Islamic Family Law and Society
    ISL451 Islam in the Modern World
    ISL455 Women in Islam, Civilisations and Cultures
    ISL471 Islam: Morality and Etiquette in Daily Life
    ISL483 History of Islam: From Tribe to World Civilisation

    ISL460 Introduction to Arabic Reading
    ISL461 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    ISL462 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    ISL463 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    ISL464 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2
    ISL465 Advanced Arabic Grammar

    Master of Islamic Studies (128)
    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 128 points comprising of the following:
    - Six 8 point core subjects (48)
    - Two 8 point restricted electives (16)
    - Three 16 point core subjects (48)
    - One 16 point restricted elective (16)

    8 Point Core Subjects (48)
    ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology
    ISL410 Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars
    ISL411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh)
    ISL430 Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)
    ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality
    ISL481 Philosophy of Prophet Muhammad's Life (Sirah)

    Restricted Electives (16)
    Choose two electives from the following restricted electives. One elective must be Arabic which must be chosen in consultation with your course director.
    ISL412 Religious and Communal Leadership in Modern Society
    ISL413 Islamic Family Law and Society
    ISL451 Islam in the Modern World
    ISL455 Women in Islam, Civilisations and Cultures
    ISL471 Islam: Morality and Etiquette in Daily Life
    ISL483 History of Islam: From Tribe to World Civilisation

    ISL460 Introduction to Arabic Reading
    ISL461 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    ISL462 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    ISL463 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    ISL464 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2
    ISL465 Advanced Arabic Grammar

    16 Point Core Subjects (48)
    ISL591 Interpreting Islamic Sacred Texts
    ISL593 Islamic Theology: Classical to Contemporary Thought
    ISL594 Islamic Studies: Methodology and Sources

    16 Point Restricted Elective (16)
    Choose one elective from the following two options:
    ISL592 Islamic History, Law and Society
    ISL599 Guided Research in Islamic Studies

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies
    Session 1
    ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology (8)
    ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality (8)

    Session 2
    1x Restricted Elective (8)
    1x Restricted Elective (8)

    Graduate Diploma of Islamic Studies
    Session 1
    ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology (8)
    ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality (8)

    Session 2ISL410 Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars (8)
    ISL481 Philosophy of Prophet Muhammad's Life (Sirah) (8)

    Session 3
    ISL411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh) (8)
    1x Restricted Elective (8)

    Session 4
    ISL430 Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir) (8)
    1x Restricted Elective (8)

    Master of Islamic Studies
    Session 1
    ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology (8)
    ISL470 Essentials of Islamic Spirituality (8)

    Session 2
    ISL410 Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars (8)
    ISL481 Philosophy of Prophet Muhammad's Life (Sirah) (8)

    Session 3
    ISL411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh) (8)
    1x Restricted Elective (8)

    Session 4
    ISL430 Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir) (8)
    1x Restricted Elective (8)

    Session 5
    ISL591 Interpreting Islamic Sacred Texts (16)

    Session 6
    ISL593 Islamic Theology: Classical to Contemporary Thought (16)

    Session 7
    ISL594 Islamic Studies: Methodology and Sources (16)

    Session 8
    1x Restricted Elective (16)

  • Admission information

    Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

    Other applicants may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Director.

    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
    DirectOnlineUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYYOAIM
    DirectOnlineUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYYJAIM

    LEGEND
    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 128 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.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Study Link subjects for this course: 

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Study
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
  • 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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