Postgraduate study

Globalised Muslim World, The MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Globalised Muslim World, The

With the majority of the world’s Muslims living beyond the Middle East, this bold new Masters programme will encourage you to engage with the contemporary Muslim world in all its global and regional diversity.

The programme is truly interdisciplinary in bringing together Area Studies, Social and Political Science, Religious Studies and History to explore the unique characteristics of contemporary Muslim societies in our increasingly globalised world.

Muslim societies across the globe

Unlike the majority of masters programmes currently available to students with interests in contemporary Muslim societies, the MSc The Globalised Muslim World will offer a genuinely global perspective, pushing the boundaries of enquiry beyond the Middle East to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as a number of key Muslim-minority contexts.

Beyond considering this wider geographical scope, you will be taught to critically analyse and interrogate major global, international and transnational interactions and movements which can cut across borders and shape Muslim imaginaries and their representations.

Bridging disciplines and boundaries

The programme is grounded in an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on research-led teaching based on empirical investigation. It also promotes comparative perspectives both within the core regions of the Muslim world and across Muslim/non-Muslim boundaries.

This programme has been developed by the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, a research and teaching Centre based within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

This programme is run over one year (full time) or two years (part time).

You will complete four compulsory taught courses across two semesters which will provide you with the core knowledge and research expertise needed in order to embark on your own original research project in the form of a 15,000-word final dissertation.

In addition to your compulsory courses, you will have the opportunity to select two option courses from a wide variety of subject areas*.

(Revised 23 March 2021 to detail how many option courses students select.)

Compulsory courses

  • Regional Perspectives in a Globalised Muslim World
  • International, Transnational and ‘Glocalised’ Dynamics of the Muslim world
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Research Methods and Problems in the Study of the Muslim World

Option courses

Option courses may include:

  • Globalised Muslim Politics
  • Muslims in Europe
  • Muslim Society in Southeast Asia
  • Islamic Africa
  • Transnational Islam and the African Diaspora
  • South Asia: Culture, Politics & Economy
  • Law and Power in the Muslim World
  • Migration and Transnationalism in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf
  • Political Contestation in the Middle East
  • The History and Culture of Iran
  • Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Major Themes in the Study of Islam
  • Political Islam: Key Thinkers and their Contexts
  • Liberation Theologies in Christianity and Islam


You must also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a relevant subject of your choosing.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2021/22

The programme aims to develop an awareness of the Muslim world as a distinct subject of academic and societal inquiry.

It will equip students from within and from outside the Muslim world with the means to engage with an increasingly complex socio-political and religious field.

The programme prepares students to comprehend forthcoming societal challenges facing the globalised Muslim world and its diverse communities.

It fosters a reflection on the interconnection between religious and political issues, and stimulates the growth of a community of experts at the postdoctoral level.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • explain and analyse the historical, social and political interactions that make a globalised Muslim world
  • assess and understand the principal modes of governing society in different parts of the Muslim world and the main factors influencing them
  • evaluate the different disciplinary approaches to the study of Muslim societies around the world and how they have changed over time
  • apply and support arguments using the theoretical and empirical literature from across the social sciences and the humanities
  • design a research project on aspects of the globalised Muslim world through a given disciplinary approach

This programme aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to pursue PhD research on a wide variety of Muslim-majority and Muslim-minorities states and societies.

It will also provide you with crucial insights into the interactions producing a globalised Muslim world which would be extremely useful in many professional roles, including:

  • global/international/national NGOs
  • private sector organisations
  • international business
  • foreign policy and diplomacy roles

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MSc2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees


This year, the University of Edinburgh's Alwaleed Centre is offering up to ten student bursaries, each of £3000, to applicants to the MSc Globalised Muslim World programme.

Once you have submitted you MSc application, you will be sent an online student bursary application form. Bursaries will be paid directly to successful applicants following matriculation in September 2021.

If you have any questions about these Student Bursaries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Other funding options are available, with plans to offer additional bursaries and scholarship in subsequent years.

*(Revised 19 February 2021 to update bursary information.)

*(Revised 16 July 2021 to extend bursary deadline.)

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • The Alwaleed Centre
  • University of Edinburgh
  • 16 George Sqaure
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LD

The application deadline for this programme is 30th July.

(*Revised 21 July 2021 with application deadline date.)

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • The Alwaleed Centre
  • University of Edinburgh
  • 16 George Sqaure
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LD