Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies

Course PD-ISLMSTU (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 064483B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.
Course Overview: The Postgraduate Diploma is designed for graduates with an interest in academic exploration of the area. The program requires students to consider Islamic studies and related issues from a variety of perspectives and to locate these within historical, social, economic, philosophical and intellectual contexts. Students will develop their analytical and critical skills and are encouraged to adopt innovative approaches to the concepts and paradigms arising in the course.
Objectives: Students who complete the PG Diploma in Islamic Studies will have an understanding of:

  • Methodological issues in several key areas of Islamic studies;
  • Current issues and challenges in each of the selected specialised areas of the course;
  • The philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of Islamic perspectives on the social sciences such as education, economics, anthropology, politics and sociology;
  • Major trends of contemporary Islamic thought and the social, political, and historical context within which this thought is shaped;
  • Contemporary attempts at reform;
  • How to design and write a preparatory research dissertation on an Islamic studies topic;
  • Key issues that arise in interdisciplinary contexts of research in Islamic studies.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Duration: 1 years full-time / up to 2 years part-time
  • six compulsory subjects (75 points)
  • two elective subjects (25 points)

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject Options:

Compulsory subjects:

75 points
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Islamic Studies electives

Note: the thesis requires two consecutive semesters of enrolment.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2011

Other electives

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Entry Requirements: 1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria –

  • an undergraduate degree with a major cognate to the specialisation with a grade average of H2B (70%) in the major, or equivalent
  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts in an area cognate to the specialisation with a grade average of H2B (70%) over the graduate diploma, or equivalent.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Admission Process
Core Participation Requirements: The course requires a standard level of ability across all disciplines. It will be assumed students are able to access and attend classes on a regular basis, are capable of learning in a University environment and will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. Any ability beyond this threshold will be robustly supported through the curriculum. Any intensive use of IT or technologies will be adequately supported. Certain subjects have more specific requirements and demands, such as fieldwork or travelling, which are clearly outlined in the Handbook's subject description.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. The Faculty Disability Contact Officer works with students, the University Disability Liaison Unit and teaching staff to assist students with their special requirements, with a particular focus on accommodations for in-class and examination assessment tasks. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at
Further Study: Students who complete this award may be eligible for the 100 point coursework Masters in Islamic Studies.
Graduate Attributes:

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