Dissertation Muslim Minorities in a Global Context


The dissertation is the longest piece of analytic writing in the MA and provides students the opportunity to develop an independent sustained piece of individual, academic research on their chosen topic within the field.

Topics covered

The dissertation is fully supported by the Distance Learning team and a suite of resources is specifically designed for the course.

The dissertation is divided into two sections;

  • the pre-proposal stage, where students are provided with appropriate research skills
  • the post-proposal stage, where students will be working with a full-time Academic member of staff.

General knowledge and learning aims are as follows:

  • The ability to demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature and development of Muslim minority communities around the world, their respective historical backgrounds and the large number of interconnecting variables with respect to ethnicity, class, gender and regional location, drawing on a variety of contributing disciplines
  • Draw upon and critically evaluate a wide range of source materials including academic studies, legal documents, newspapers and journals, documentary and literary materials
  • A sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches to debates in the field of Muslim minority studies and related fields such as law and Islamic jurisprudence, diaspora studies, gender and media studies.

By providing a thorough grounding in the subject, students are made aware of the importance of this topic to a critical understanding of Muslim minority groups in a global context, how they perceive themselves and are perceived by their host communities.


  • Submission of a 1,500-word research proposal (15%)
  • Submission of a written dissertation, of approximately 15,000 words (85%)