Study Islamic studies at UNE

Islamic studies at UNE promotes intelligent debate and an understanding of the beliefs, practices, cultures and values of Muslim peoples.

We consider the challenges Islam faces in the post 9/11 world with the espousal of an Islamic world order and the threat of terrorism represented by radicalised Muslims.

At the undergraduate level students study religion, history, politics, law, gender relations, economics, business, education and development, with the aim of bringing into focus the apparent volatile interaction of modernism and Islamic tradition.

For postgraduate studies there are a number of routes available.  Students can enroll in a discipline-based Honours and Masters programs in History, International Studies, and Politics, or other cognate discipline, that will allow them to undertake research theses on  aspects of Islam and which may qualify them to gain doctoral entry.

International students will be considered on the basis of their qualifications, the strength of their research experience, and the viability of their research proposals.

  • Currently six students are enrolled in PhDs that deal with Islamic subjects. These pertain to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, the Pacific, and Australia.
  • Three students have just completed their doctorates on Islamic education in Australia, Taliban controlled Pakistan, and the Syrian conflict.


The major of Islamic Studies is within the School of Humanities. This means that to study Islamic Studies there are a number of courses in which you can enrol at both an undergraduate and graduate level.

In the course information pages listed below, see the Course Rules & Plans tab to see the recommended Program of Study for the Islamic Studies Major.

How to apply

Undergraduate Degrees

Advanced Diploma in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Arts)
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate in Arts
Master of Arts


Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Postgraduate Research

Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy


RELS180 Exploring the Sacred
RELS182 World Religions Today
HIST305 Byzantine History AD 330-105
HIST308 Crusader Europe 1095-1453
HIST343 Islam in the Modern World
ISLM344 Islam and the West: the Clash of Civilisations?
ISLM363 Women in Islam
PAIS314 21st Century International Relations
PAIS315 Contemporary Challenges to Global Security
PAIS390 Politics in the Developing world
HIST505 Byzantine History AD 330-1056
HIST508 The Crusades
ISLM563 Women in Islam
PAIS514 21st Century International Relations
PAIS515 Contemporary Challenges to Global Security
PAIS590 Politics in the Developing world

There are a number of units which complement Islamic Studies, see the Course Rules & Plans tab of your enrolled course to see the recommended Program of Study for the Islamic Studies Major.

Research Opportunities

Students at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level are encouraged to do research. We believe that research skills are critical for graduate employability.

Islamic studies students interested in progressing to Masters or Doctoral research could consider the pathway of fourth year Honours programs, such as in history, and choosing an Islamic topic for the thesis component. HUMS 508/ ISLM570 a major research project of 12 credit points, offers similar opportunities in the Master by coursework program.

For those interested in undertaking fourth year Honours projects contact the Honours coordinator for the relevant discipline.   For those interested in undertaking higher degree research projects (MPhil, PhD) please contact the program convenor Howard Brasted.

Undergraduate Research Units

HUMS 301 Special Option A

HUMS 505 Reading Unit A

HUMS 507 Major Research Project

HUMS 508 Major Research Project