BA (Hons) Hawza Studies

Entry Requirements A-levels grade CCC or equivalent. see here for more details. Students from EU may also apply.
Duration Including Cert HE in Qur’anic Arabic: (Essential)
4 years on a full-time basis or 7 years on a part-time basis. Including Arabic Foundation.
(For those who can pass Arabic Foundation test.)
3 years on a full-time basis or 5 years on a part-time basis.
Fees 2019/20 UK/EU: £6,000
Financial Assistance Student Finance England available for UK students.
Please contact the College for more details.
Validating Institution Middlesex University
Application Procedure Application for this course is through UCAS (code T611)
Contact Admission
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This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by The Islamic College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

The BA (Hons) Hawza Studies programme is validated by Middlesex University. In this unique course, students gain a deep understanding of Islam within a modern framework of study leading to the award of a recognised degree. The course is consistent with the subjects taught in traditional centres of Hawza studies, such as Qum and Najaf, and incorporates some additional modules that suit the needs of Muslims living in the West. Since the successful study of Islamic sciences requires knowledge of the Arabic language, students are required to know Arabic before starting their BA course. For this purpose, students would be required to take the one year Cert HE in Qur’anic Arabic unless they can pass the Arabic Language test. This intensive course will equip students with the necessary skills required to access primary Arabic sources in order to perform their independent reading and research.


  • BA (Hons) degree from Middlesex University
  • Based on programmes taught in traditional centres of Hawza studies
  • Providing students with an in-depth knowledge of classical Arabic
  • Training students in skills that are essential for understanding Arabic texts
  • Progression onto advanced Hawza studies abroad (optional)
  • Proficient teachers with both Hawza and university training
  • Relevant to the needs of Muslims living in the West
  • Accommodation and financial assistance available, subject to conditions

Year 1

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Islamic Theology 1 HSC110 4 20 Core
Research Methodology for Hawza Studies (Year long) HSC111 4 20 Core
Logic HSC112 4 10 Core
Arabic Syntax (Year long) HSC113 4 20 Core
Islamic Laws HSC114 4 10 Core
Qur’anic Sciences and Approaches to Exegesis HSC117 4 20 Core
Formative Period of the Shi’a HSD115 4 10 Designated
Life of the Prophet HSD103 4 10 Designated
Introduction to Islamic Philosophy HSD104 4 10 Designated
Introduction to Islamic Art HSD109 4 10 Designated
Islamic Moral Values HSD119 4 10 Designated

Year 2

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence 1 HSC210 5 20 Core
Hadith Studies HSC211 5 10 Core
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 1 HSC212 5 20 Core
Islamic Theology 2 HSC201 5 20 Core
Islamic Philosophy HSC204 5 20 Core
Thematic Exegesis HSD220 5 10 Designated
Arabic Rhetoric HSD221 5 10 Designated
Current Issues in Muslim Societies HSD226 5 10 Designated
Muslims in the West HSD223 5 10 Designated
Abrahamic Faiths HSD225 5 10 Designated
Islam and Modernity HSD205 5 10 Designated

Year 3

Module Title Code Level Credits Module Type
Principles of Jurisprudence 2 HSC303 6 20 Core
Demonstrative Jurisprudence 2
HSC304 6 20 Core
Project (Year long) HSC312 6 30 Core
Qur’anic Eschatology HSC305 6 10 Core
Islamic Mysticism HSC325 6 10 Core
Muslim Social and Political Thought HSD311 6 10 Core
Biographical and Narrative Studies HSD316 6 10 Designated
Jurisprudential Maxims HSD320 6 10 Designated
Principles of Qur’anic Exegesis HSD321 6 10 Designated
Islamic Education and Teacher Training HSD324 6 10 Designated
Muslims in Britain and the Concept of Citizenship HSD308 6 10 Designated

All Islamic College Students are encouraged to be active and independent learners and to acquire all the necessary skills through a variety of methods of learning such as lectures, seminars (led by staff and students), presentations, tutorials, private study, individual research, and so forth.
Each module within a course has different assessment weighting. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays unless specified otherwise.