• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The LLM in Islamic Law programme at SOAS University of London may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme, but have the option of pursuing a specialised LLM.

About

The LLM in Islamic Law at SOAS University of London allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, and human rights, and in different jurisdictions, as well as law in its relationship to society in the Middle East and North Africa. 

All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules 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.

Subject-based Practical Skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

  • Write clear research essays and dissertations.
  • Research in a variety of specialised research libraries and institutes and online, and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
  • Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
  • Present legal arguments in moots and debates.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM)
  • Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity

            You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

            Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
            Part-time
            • Average part-time duration 24 months
            • Intensity Flexible
            • Duration description
              Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only)
          • Credits
            180 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus
          • More information Go to the programme website

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:

            100

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          • Minimum required score:

            6.5

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          • Minimum required score (Grade B):

            193

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          Academic Requirements

          Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            21475 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 21475 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA

            14875 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 14875 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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          Part Time 2 Years

          • EU: £7,438
          • Overseas: £10,738

          Part Time 3 Years

          • EU: £4,958
          • Overseas: £7,158
          LLM only 4 Years  
          • EU: £3,719
          • Overseas: £5,369

          Living costs for London

          • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

          Funding

          • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
          • Felix Scholarships
          • International Postgraduate Merit Scholarship for the School of Law
          • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
          • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award
          • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
          • SOAS Master's Scholarships
          • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
          • Tibawi Trust Award
          • William Ross Murray Scholarship

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