Taught course

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of East London · School of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Qualifications for admission are a second class honours degree in law, the social sciences, the humanities, Middle East, Islamic Studies, theology or another appropriate degree. Professional qualifications will also be taken in account.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The aim of the LLM ( Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies ) is to provide a critical appreciation of a broad range of issues relating to a distinctive socio-cultural, political and religious context in a comparative perspective. It is aimed to promote open discussion and debate, critical analysis, research and development of newer frameworks as demanded by contemporary events. It aims to engender excellent research and writing skills based on stronger foundations and better understanding of the origins, evolution and contemporary developments of an under researched area. The objective of the program is to promote better understanding of the dynamics of the Islamic & Middle Eastern world through law related frameworks which include human rights, religion, colonialism, eurocentrism, racism, sexism and dialogue.

The Aims and Objectives of the LLM Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Programme are

  • Develop a critical awareness of, and an ability to employ, competing analytical frameworks relating to the area of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Critically analyse classical, modernist and contemporary doctrines and commentaries.
  • Apply the context of the Middle Eastern and Islamic World to Western and "Universal" discourses.
  • Deal with different approaches to jurisprudence, religion, politics and human rights within the Middle Eastern & Islamic World
  • Develop the ability to analyse, articulate and write on the subject, by linking previous or current experience with an academic inquiry, particularly via the dissertation.

The LLM Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies offers a range of existing modules. In addition to the core modules, International Law as an Area Study: Middle East, a range of options including Islam and Human Rights, Islamic Legal Cultures, Islamic Legal Theories, Feminist Legal Theories, International Human Rights, Law and Development and Law of Armed conflict are offered.

There will be two core modules, Law and Policy in the Middle East and Current Issues and Research in International Law. Candidates then take at least one module from the following: Islam and Human Rights, Islamic Legal Cultures, Islamic Legal Theories, Feminist Legal Theories, International Human Rights, law, International Environmental Law, International Trade Law, Law of Armed conflict and International Criminal Law. Candidates may choose their second option from any one of the above or from any other LLM module.

The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be substantially related to the areas of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied for the first degree in English medium require IELTS at 6.5 or its equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978