Study Discipline: Arts & Humanities
Study Programme Details
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Admission Sessions: Summer Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


24 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a profound journey of intellectual exploration with the Masters of Islamic Studies program at Madina Institute. This program seeks to delve into the sources and origins of Islamic thought, focusing on the Qur’an, Sunnah, and the life of Prophet Muhammad, while recognizing their contemporary significance. The overarching goal is to comprehend the global impact of religious influence on diverse social contexts. Beyond traditional studies, optional modules empower students to contextualize Islamic scholarship, critically analyze contemporary debates, and address issues concerning Islam and Muslims.

Engage in a program that not only offers an opportunity to concentrate on Classical Islamic texts but also encourages the pursuit of higher postgraduate degrees and provides training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The program adopts a critical and analytical approach to the study of Islam and contemporary Muslim society, requiring a high level of theoretical engagement, intellectual independence, and research skills using various methodologies.


Envision a transformative educational experience with our Masters of Islamic Studies program. Whether you choose the 2-year full-time option or the 4-year part-time route, you’ll be immersed in a dynamic learning environment that integrates current trends and future possibilities in the field. This program is not just a degree; it’s a pathway to intellectual growth and societal impact. Statistics, facts, and insights from industry experts substantiate the program’s credibility, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements to the Master of Islamic Studies, is an honours BA or BSc degree or an appropriate postgraduate diploma, or a 480-credit bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 96 credits, NQF Level 8 in Islamic Studies or a related field.

On completion of the qualification the student will be able to:

  • Apply sound and grounded knowledge in dealing with contemporary theological, social, and cultural issues behind the Muslim belief.
  • Comprehend and analyse the Islamic religion, while shedding light upon the religious practice and culture immediately connected with it.
  • Address the role Muslims play in understanding and providing solutions to pressing issues in South Africa and the contemporary world.
  • Enjoy a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary graduate education that will enable a specialisation in one of the several important areas within Islamic scholarship.
  • Acquire exceptional knowledge of Islam and critical thinking skills for teaching in any of the specialisation areas.
  • Examine traditional Islamic knowledge and place such knowledge in the context of the challenges faced by modern society.
  • Develop a feeling for why Islamic societies have developed the way they did and being part of an active citizenship that plays a fundamental and transformative role in community and nation building processes for better living.
  • Develop graduates who can practice the values of moderation and contribute to social cohesion within communities and the wider world.

Tuition Fees for the year are ZAR 36,000 (or ZAR 3,000 per month)

Future Career Outcomes

Explore the impactful journeys of our alumni, who have found success in various fields. The program’s emphasis on theoretical engagement, intellectual independence, and research skills ensures graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of contemporary industries. Develop essential skills relevant to the evolving job market, guaranteeing your ability to make a meaningful impact in your chosen career path.

Visa Requirements:

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