Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics | HBKU
Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

The first program of its kind worldwide, the Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Islamic Ethics addresses how Islam, as a world religion with a rich moral heritage, engages with and contributes to global moral discourses. Its strong interdisciplinary character combines in-depth knowledge of both theoretical and applied ethics rooted in the Islamic tradition. The program is consistent with the Qatar National Vision 2030 by enhancing a knowledge-based society and with HBKU’s mission to develop world-class interdisciplinary academic programs.


Master of Arts in Applied Islamic EthicsGraduates of this program will have the skills to continue their academic studies at the PhD level in the many fields covered in this program. They may also choose to work in a professional environment by regulating ethical guidelines and policies in government and private institutions active in a wide range of areas, including biomedical sciences, engineering, business, politics, family, migrant labor, and human rights – in Muslim and Western contexts.

Program Focus

The MA in Applied Islamic Ethics is designed to equip students with the skills required to master the tools of theoretical ethics and how they can be applied to address leading-edge ethical dilemmas from the perspective of the rich Islamic ethical tradition.

The overall structure of the program is designed to balance two main aspects: ‘the academic aspect’ of Islamic ethics, through a scholarly approach rooted in the Islamic scholarly tradition; and the ‘applied aspect’, to improve students’ skills in addressing the vexing ethical dilemmas and questions that people face in contemporary times – adding critical value to professional qualifications.


A 36-credit degree program taught over two years in English that includes:

  • Two foundation courses (6 credits)

    • Islamic Ethics: Mapping the Field
    • Research Methods and Sources on Ethics 
  • Two core courses (6 credits)

    • Scriptural Ethics: Ethics in Qur’an and Sunnah
    • Theological and Philosophical Ethics
  • A choice of five electives out of 13 options (15 credits)*

    • Art and Ethics
    • Business Ethics
    • Comparative Religious Ethics
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Ethical Reasoning and Moral Decision-Making
    • Ethical Issues in Psychology
    • Ethics of Migration and Human Rights
    • Ethics in Science and Technology
    • Gender and Islamic Ethics
    • Islamic Bioethics
    • Islamic Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
    • Islamic Ethics of Pandemics
    • Peace, War, and Politics of Ethics


    *With approval, students can also choose either a tutorial or an internship as an elective. 

  • Thesis (9 credits)

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