Islamic Scholarship Programmes
AT THE FOREFRONT OF ISLAMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES IN THE UK
Our Islamic Scholarship Programmes ensure students are able to find a programme best suited to them.
Through part-time study (one day a week live attendance online or onsite) and a dynamic selection of modules, the course provides the opportunity for students and working professionals to study Arabic and the Islamic sciences to an advanced level.
The programmes are primarily authorised by Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Students can begin their studies on the Foundation Year, progress onto the Arabic Immersion Year and graduate from the Alimiyyah Programme as an ‘Alim or ‘Alimah, with a penetrating understanding of the fundamental Islamic sciences.
These pioneering programmes have already produced a number graduates, a number of whom now teach with us as Al-Salam Institute course instructors.
Certificate in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences (1 year)
Arabic Immersion Year
Diploma in Classical Arabic Language (1 year)
License in Islamic Scholarship (5 years)
Advanced Islamic Sciences Programme
Diploma in Advanced Islamic Sciences(2 years)
The programme is delivered by a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, all of which are streamed live and uploaded onto the ASI Portal for students to review and revise at their own convenience. This level consists of eight mandatory modules, covering Arabic language extensively, as well as Islamic law, hadith, Quranic studies, and the principle sciences underpinning these disciplines. Students will also have the opportunity to further their studies by travelling abroad with the institute on the annual Sacred Science Journey and the Summer Residential Retreat. These are highly recommended for students who are able to dedicate the time to deepen their understanding of the material covered in the classroom and to be taught by international scholars.
Our unique three-tier structure makes our Alimiyyah Degree unlike any other. The Degree is split into three-distinct levels: Foundation Level, Intermediate Level, and the world-renowned Advanced Level – taught exclusively by Shaykh Akram Nadwi. These three programmes together form the UK’s first part-time ‘Alimiyyah Degree taught exclusively in the English language.
All students of the Islamic Scholarship Programme will come together for the compulsory lectures on Study Sundays. These are the core lectures and take place during term-time over 30 weeks (or 24 for the Advanced level). They provide the core information that you will discuss in tutorials, essays or examinations. All of the core lectures take place onsite (in London) and are streamed live to our online students all over the world. Afterwards, the recordings are made available to all students via the ASI Portal: ASI’s flagship learning management system.
Tutorials take place during a weekday evening – usually lasting no more than two hours. Tutorials allow students to review their answers or theories that have been developed over the duration of the course, and to explore ideas that arise in discussion with your peers and tutors.
Workshops are arranged to provide the practical study experience that cannot always be assured in the classroom setting. Visits to graveyards to witness the Islamic funeral rites, or boot-camps in essential study skills are typical first-year workshops.
Seminars develop your ability to think for yourself – an essential ability for academic success and perhaps the single most important skill that is developed by students at ASI. You will learn to present and defend your opinions, accept constructive criticism, and consolidate your lessons into a coherent and articulate perspective.
Term dates for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:
Term dates may be subject to change.
Where and when do the classes take place?
The classes are held on Sundays in east London from 10am – 6pm.
Are the programmes taught in English?
Yes. All of the programmes are taught in the English language. Many of the texts are studied in the original Arabic with translation, explanation, and tuition in English.
I have a very busy schedule and cannot always dedicate an entire Sunday to my studies. Are the classes mandatory to attend?
Yes and no. Onsite students are required to attend every class and will be penalised for unauthorised absences. Online students have a little more flexibility to allow for the differences in time zones. However, it is strongly recommended for all students to attend all classes live.
Can I study entirely online?
Yes. Each of the programmes can be studied online from start to finish. Further, recorded access is available for all core lectures until the end of the academic year.
Does Shaykh Akram Nadwi teach the entire programme?
No. There are over 20 faculty members teaching the Islamic Scholarship Programmes who are experts in their respective fields. Shaykh Akram teaches certain modules in each programme and teaches the Advanced Islamic Sciences Programme exclusively. The Shaykh ultimately authorises the graduation from ASI, but he does not teach everything!
Is the Alimiyyah Programme recognised by Nadwat al-‘Ulama or any national or international universities?
At the moment – no. The entire programme is authorised by Shaykh Akram Nadwi.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed by a mixture of written assignments and examinations, as well as an independent research project in the final year.
Do I have to sit the exams in the UK even if I live abroad?
No. All exams and assignments are conducted online via the ASI Virtual Madrasa. The final year (graduation) exams are required to be sat onsite. Students living outside of the UK are able to sit these exams at a designated test centre near to their location.
Are the Residential programmes included?
Yes and no. The Residential programmes - including the Knowledge Retreat and Sacred Sciences Journey - exist in order to enable students to spend time in intensive study: visiting and gaining ijazah from some of the leading scholars of the Muslim world. However, they are elective programmes and are priced separately. Find out more.
What happens once I graduate?
Graduates of ASI are marked by their embodiment of religious knowledge and are encouraged to contribute to society through their writings, actions, and dealings with others. Graduates may also choose to pursue post-graduate study in order to specialise in legal verdicts, hadith classification, or Arabic language.
Is there any financial assistance available?
Alhamdulillah, subject to approval there are a number of options available for students who are unable to pay the entire tuition fees upfront.
Al-Salam Institute have partnered with the National Zakat Foundation for a limited number of tuition fee scholarships. Click here to apply.
What are the tuition fees?
Tuition starts from £1,550 per annum. For further details please visit: www.alsalam.ac.uk/fees
Can I enrol one year at a time, instead of the entire programme at once?
How many teaching hours are there per week?
There are 7-8 hours of core lectures on a weekly basis, as well as an average of 4 hours per week in seminars and tutorials.
How many hours of independent study is recommended?
We recommend 4 hours of independent study per week, in addition to the core lectures on Sundays.
I live outside of London. Should I attend onsite or online?
Onsite, if possible. Students often choose to commute from all over the UK on a weekly basis in order to benefit from the classroom experience.
What are the entry requirements to join my intended programme?
Entry requirements for each programme are detailed on their respective pages. Generally, the entry requirements for each programme is successful completion of the preceding programme (or equivalent).
I have been studying the Islamic sciences for quite a while on my own, do I have to start at the Foundation Year?
No. Students who have already graduated from an Islamic studies programme may be eligible to enter directly into a programme more suited to their educational history.
How can I determine which level I should enrol onto?
Will I automatically be enrolled onto the following year?
No. Entry onto the next year of your chosen programme is subject to satisfactory results in the end of year examinations.
Where do I sign up?
Visit our Islamic Scholarship Programmes page to find the right programme for you and apply.
Tuition Fees for 2021-2022 academic year
Over 3 consecutive months
*We are currently only accepting online applications for this academic year
1 day a week structure
Through part-time study (one day a week) and a dynamic selection of modules, the course provides the opportunity for students and working professionals to study the foundations of Classical Arabic and the Islamic sciences.
LIVE online attendance
Classes take place for live online attendance in the UK and around the world. The weekly classes are recorded and made available to all students throughout the entire academic year. This means that students from anywhere in the world can attend the Foundation Year live as it takes place, as well as study any upcoming short courses from the comfort of their home. The opportunity to attend these classes live online means students can still benefit from a digital classroom environment and interact with teachers during classes.
Our ASI Portal e-learning platform is truly unique. Using the ASI Portal, all students are able to:
• Watch classes live
• Access all your learning materials
• Contact your teachers outside of the classroom
• Interact with your teachers
• Re-watch recordings of all your core classes
• Submit assignments and examinations
Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who has now resided in England for many years. He is recipient of the Allama Iqbal prize for contribution to Islamic thought and is the Principal and co-founder of Al-Salam Institute.
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Year can progress onto the Arabic Immersion Year. This year-long course provides an immersive environment for students to improve in their knowledge of Arabic grammar and morphology, as well as further develop their skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the Arabic language.
Thereafter, students can apply for our 5-year Alimiyyah Programme. The programme is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in the Arabic language and Classical Islamic Disciplines.
Students who successfully complete the Alimiyyah Programme will be awarded a Licence in Islamic Scholarship (Shahadat al-‘Alimiyyah) authorised by Shaykh Akram Nadwi. This pioneering programme has already produced a number graduates who now teach with us as Al-Salam Institute course instructors.