AMI’s Hawza Programme integrates the study of traditional Islamic sciences taught at the seminaries of Qom and Najaf with modern approaches and theories. The programme equips students with the critical skills and knowledge required to read, analyse, and contextualise classical Arabic texts allowing them to engage in an in-depth study of religion, theology and language. During their studies, students are introduced to the core Islamic sciences including Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Qur’anic studies, Theology, Philosophy, Logic, and Mysticism. Taught by a diverse range of scholars who have received the highest level of training in both traditional and western academic settings, the Hawza Programme ensures that students get the best of both worlds.
Students can opt to undertake the 4-year full-time study route, or alternatively study on a part-time basis enrolling on a selection of modules each semester. The Institute’s online learning platform allows those who are not able to attend in-house to study via distance learning and gain access to lectures, seminars, and a wide range of learning materials.
As of September 2019, students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme can now obtain a BA degree in Islamic Theologocial Studies awarded by Mofid University in Iran.
Thereafter, students have the opportunity to either obtain a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Studies awarded by University of Birmingham (home students only) or a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Theological Studies awarded by Mofid University (home and international students).
With a thorough grounding in both traditional Islamic sciences and academia, students will not only be able to pursue careers as religious ministers, but also work in academia, teaching, consulting media and governmental and non-governmental organisations.