Islamic Philosophy: Postgraduate-Level Studies Certificate

Programme Title Islamic Philosophy
Programme Code PSCIP
Entry Requirements The Programme is open to people of all faiths. Applicants should hold an honours degree in Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Studies or related fields. Consideration is also given to other qualifications, including non-formal qualifications, on an individual basis.

Mature students, with appropriate backgrounds, are also welcome to the course.

Final Qualification PSCIP (Postgraduate Studies Certificate in Exegesis and Quranic sciences)

Students completing 180 credits will be eligible to receive the Postgraduate Certificate of Islamic College (PSCIP) consisting of 80 credits for five compulsory modules, 40 credits for four designated modules and 60 credits for the dissertation

Duration of Study

(Number of Semesters)

Three Semesters (full-time) & Six Semesters (part-time)
Mode of study Online
Fees 2022/23 £1500
Financial Assistance Scholarship and study grants are available subject to conditions.
Please contact the College for more details.
Academic year 2023-2024
Application Deadline 15 September 2023
Application Procedure Application for this course is online, please click here for enrolment.
Contact Postgraduate Certificate Programmes Department
0044 (0) 2084519993 (Ext. 231)

In this educational Programme, the transmission of philosophical ideas from non-Islamic cultures to the Muslim centres of learning and the impact of Islamic thought and Muslim philosophers on the subsequent development of philosophy on a global scale will be studied. The why and how of the development of Greek philosophical concepts and categories in the context of Islamic philosophy and the novel ideas, terminologies and arguments introduced by Muslim philosophers and their contributions to the enrichment and enhancement of the discipline of philosophy are among the topics critically examined in this Programme. The students will study three major schools of Islamic philosophy, namely, Peripatetic (Ibn Sina), Illumiasionist (Suhrawardi), and Transcendent (Mulla Sadra) Schools. The texts used in this Programme are the primary sources of the above Schools.

The Programme is unique in that it is taught by distinguished lecturers who have studied Islamic philosophy in its birthplace. They are fluent in English as well as the languages of the original texts (Arabic and Persian). While the Programme mainly focuses on the themes from the tradition of Islamic philosophy, a critical comparative study of some of the epistemic and moral views of Muslim philosophers with the views of a number of prominent Western philosophers is also included in it.

Subject Specific Intellectual
Upon successful completion of this Programme, the students are expected to have acquired:

1-    Advanced knowledge of major figures and movements in the history of Islamic philosophy; knowledge of core topics, theories, and debates in epistemology and metaphysics, as well as logic and ethics.

2-    An in-depth advanced knowledge of main controversies and sophisticated arguments in Islamic philosophy.

3-    Understanding outlines of contemporary philosophical terrain, including the traditional sub-disciplines or branches of philosophy and key philosophical concepts and terms from philosophical arguments or theories.

4-    A thorough understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of opposing viewpoints, as well as the ability to formulate the strongest arguments to support those viewpoints.

5-    Knowledge of the formal techniques of evaluating arguments and deductive systems.

Students will have:

  • An advanced use of libraries and other learning resources effectively and systematically
  • The ability to communicate philosophical ideas in writing, debate and oral or visual presentations, with clarity, precision, and incisiveness, in expository, narrative, analytical, and argumentative modes.
  • The ability to summarise key points from presented material.
  • The ability to read philosophy independently from original resources.
  • The ability to articulate and evaluate the specific themes underlying a more general question.

The Programme is offered as a three-semester (full-time) or six-semester (part-time). Each academic year includes two semesters, each 12 learning weeks long (excluding holidays)

There will be a possibility of offering a third semester in summer based on the students’ requests.



Each 20-credit module consists of 30 hours of class contact and 120 hours of private work, totalling 150 hours of academic work, per semester.

Each 15-credit module consists of 24 hours of class contact and 90 hours of private work, totalling 114 hours of academic work, per semester.

Each 10-credit module consists of 22 hours of class contact and 60 hours of private work, totalling 82 hours of academic work, per semester.

Contact hours are divided between lectures, seminars and tutorials.


Compulsory Modules & Dissertation Credit                   Code
Students should do the following 140 credits.    
1.       Transcendent philosophy (1) 20 CPHL001
2.       Transcendent philosophy (2) 15 CPHL002
3.       peripatetic philosophy (1) 15 CPHL004
4.       peripatetic philosophy (2) 15 CPHL005
5.       Illuminationist Philosophy 15 CPHL006
6.       Dissertation 60 CPHL011


Designated Modules     Credit                      Code
Students should choose four of the following modules (totalling 40 credits).  
1-      Transcendent philosophy (3) 10 CPHL003
2-      Western philosophy 10 CPHL007
3-      Epistemology 10 CPHL008
4-      Ethics 10 CPHL009
5-      Logic 10 CPHL010
6-      Modern Logic 10 CPHL012
7-      History of Islamic Philosophy 10 CPHL013
8-      Research Methodology 10 CPHL014

The students will be taught and assessed based on the following:

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Class Discussion and Student Presentations
  • Independent Reading
  • Essay Writing
  • Dissertation