M.A. Islamic Law

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP17500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
SOAS, University of London | London, United Kingdom
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Description of Islamic Law


The MA in Islamic Law allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

All teachers on courses offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners in their specialised fields.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June 30
Tuition fee
  • GBP 17500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 12600 Year (EEA)
Part Time 2 Years
  • EU: £6,300
  • Overseas: £8,750
Part Time 3 Years
  • EU: £4,200
  • Overseas: £5,835
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Full Course Units (1.0)
  • Critical Jurisprudence in Islamic Law and Society - 15PLAC176 (1 Unit)
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law - 15PLAC150 (1 Unit)
  • Islamic Law - 15PLAC121 (1 Unit)
  • Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC130 (1 Unit)
  • Law of Islamic Finance - 15PLAC159 (1 Unit)
Half Course Units (0.5)
  • Economic Approaches to Law - 15PLAH030 (0.5 Unit)
  • Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Unit)
  • Religion & Comparative Constitutionalism - 15PLAH052 (0.5 Unit)
  • Sociological Approaches to Law - 15PLAH032 (0.5 Unit)
Dissertation (1.0)
  • Dissertation in Law - 15PLAC999 - (1 Unit)

English Language Requirements

TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Islamic Law

Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline.

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.

Score for Unconditional Entry
  • IELTS: Overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scores
  • TOEFL: iBT105+ with at least 25 in all sub scores
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores

Work Experience for Islamic Law

No work experience is required.

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