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Hawza Programme

Al-Mahdi Institute

36 months
5000 GBP/year
5000 GBP/year
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Hawza Programme at Al-Mahdi Institute integrates the study of traditional Islamic sciences taught at the seminaries of Qom and Najaf with modern approaches and theories. 


Hawza Programme at Al-Mahdi Institute 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.

Key facts:

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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qur’anic Studies
  • Ilm Al-Kalam (Theology)
  • Falsafa (Philosophy)
  • Mantiq (Logic)
  • Hadith Studies
  • Usul Al-Fiqh

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




450 alternative credits

450 - 510 


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students admitted to the Hawza programme typically hold an undergraduate degree, although this is not necessary, the normal minimum entry requirement of A-levels or equivalent can suffice. Admissions are subject to the assessment of applications and some students may be invited to attend an interview to determine suitability for scholarships. 
  • All students applying for the Hawza Programme must be able to read basic Arabic and be fluent in English Language.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Part time: £360 Per Module Fee

MA In Islamic Studies Programme (fourth year of the Hawza Programme):

  • UK / EU: £9,250 full-time OR £4,625 part-time
  • International: £19,170 full-time

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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