Master's degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies
Globalised and transnational Islam
Whether English or Arabic is now Denmark’s second language, Islam is certainly Denmark’s second religion, something that is also true in much of Western Europe. The days are gone when it made sense to study the Arab and Islamic worlds as a distant ‘other’. Arab communities are to be found in Europe as well as in the Arab world, and Islam is a Western religion as well as an Arab one. The MA in Arab and Islamic Studies therefore focuses on today’s globalised and transnational realities, on Islam and Muslims in Europe as well as in the Arab world.
Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit
The MA in Arab and Islamic Studies is taught by faculty from the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU). The ICSRU is a trans-disciplinary research unit for all those at Aarhus University who are interested in the Islamic cultures and societies, both in the Islamic world and transregionally. The central mission of the ICSRU is to provide a stimulating research milieu for both senior and junior researchers by promoting discussion and exchange and arranging events. In addition, the ICSRU backs the degree programs in Arab and Islamic Studies, and also other relevant programs.
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Academic skills and qualifications
- The programme's lines A, B and D comprise course units to a value of 120 ECTS-credits in Arab and Islamic Studies.
- ECTS-credits measure the weight of the individual exam or course in relation to the workload of a full-time student. 60 credits correspond to full-time studies during one academic year.
- The programme's line C comprises course units to a value of 60 ECTS-credits in Arab and Islamic Studies combined with course units to a maximum value of 60 ECTS-credits in a subsidiary subject covered in the curriculum subjects of Danish Upper Secondary Schools.
Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies requires a relevant Bachelor’s degree in accordance with the following subsections:
- Admission to the Master’s degree programme, Program Lines A and B, requires a Bachelor’s degree with Arab and Islamic Studies as its central subject, or a Bachelor´s degree with another humanistic central subject and Arab and Islamic Studies as supplementary subject.
- Admission to the Master’s degree programme, Program Line C, requires a Bachelor’s degree with a different field of study as its central subject and an elective being Part 1 of the Subsidiary Subject in Arab and Islamic Studies or a Bachelor's degree with Arab and Islamic Studies as its central subject and an elective being Part 1 of a subsidiary subject in a different field of study.
- Admission to the Master’s degree programme, Program Line D, requires a Bachelor’s degree with a different field of study as its central subject and an elective being the Supplementary Subject in Arab Area Studies
Admission to all program lines is possible upon approval by the Board of Studies in individual cases where a student’s Bachelor’s degree does not meet the requirements mentioned in subsections (2) to (4), provided that it contains significant qualifications and skills in at least the areas Arabic language, Middle East studies and/or Islamic studies.
- In 2016 Line C and D are not open for admission.
Legal right of admission
Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.
As the Master’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.
In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.
The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.
Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies requires English at upper-secondary school ‘B’ level or equivalent.
Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic Studies Line B, C and D requires Danish at upper-secondary school ‘A’ level or equivalent.
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As a student it is important to know the regulations for your chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.
The Arab and Islamic Studies programme is taught alongside other programmes in Culture and Society in an active and innovative academic environment. The programme is small enough for close contact between students and teachers to be possible. The study environment also offers opportunities for you to attend research seminars and guest lectures, for example those run by the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit or the student-run Arab Studies Society.
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