Islamic Scholarship

Islamic Scholarship Programmes


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) 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.

Foundation Level

Certificate in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences (1 year)


Arabic Immersion Year

Diploma in Classical Arabic Language (1 year)

Arabic Immersion Year

Alimiyyah Programme

License in Islamic Scholarship (5 years)

Alimiyyah Programme



Course Structure

The programme is delivered by a series of live-streamed lectures and tutorials, and students will also have access to a number of seminars and tutorials uploaded onto the ASI Portal 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 join us on two scheduled student retreats per year, an Arabic Summer School, day trips and SU events, during which students can benefit from the company of their peers, teachers and staff. We strongly encourage attendance at these events in order for students to not forget or become disconnected from the blessings of good company.

Teaching Delivery


Our unique three-tier structure makes our Islamic Scholarship Programmes unlike any other. The Programmes are split into three distinct levels: Foundation Year, Arabic Immersion Year, and the Alimiyyah Programme. These three programmes together form the UK’s first part-time ‘Alimiyyah Degree taught exclusively in the English language.

Core Lectures

Students of the Islamic Scholarship Programme all gather for the compulsory lectures on ‘Study Sundays’. These are the core lectures that take place during term-time over 30 weeks. They provide the core information to be further applied in tutorials, essays, and examinations. Core lectures are streamed live to our students around the world. Thereafter, recordings are made available to all students via the ASI Portal.


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 2023-2024 Academic Year:

Induction Day:
Sunday 1st October 2023
Autumn term:
Sunday 8th October 2023 – Sunday 10th December 2023
Winter term:
Sunday 7th January 2024 – Sunday 10th March 2024
Spring term:
Sunday 21st April 2024 – Sunday 23rd June 2024
Core Lectures:
30 full-day lectures on Sundays during the academic term-time
2-5 half-day practical sessions on Saturdays throughout the calendar year
8-15 one-day intensive seminars throughout the calendar year
2 student retreats (Winter 2023 & Spring 2024)

Term dates may be subject to change.

Where and when do the classes take place?

The classes are held live online on Sundays.

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. Due to recent events we have been able to successfully launch all our courses online, thereby becoming a worldwide course provider. Our students have some level of flexibility to allow for the differences in time zones. However, we strongly recommend 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 authorises 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 Portal. 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 £1,850 per annum. For further details please visit:

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 of 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?

Online; all of our classes are now being held live online.

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 2024/2025 academic year

Single Payment (GBP)
Instalment Plan (GBP)
Over 3 consecutive months
*Ramadan / Early Bird
Full Price





Foundation Level

Certificate in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences (1 year)


Arabic Immersion Year

Diploma in Classical Arabic Language (1 year)

Arabic Immersion Year

Alimiyyah Programme

License in Islamic Scholarship (5 years)

Alimiyyah Programme

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.


ASI Portal


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.

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