Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics | HBKU

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Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The first program of its kind worldwide, the MA in Applied Islamic Ethics addresses how Islam, as a world religion with a rich moral heritage, engages with and contributes to the global moral discourse. 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 for nurturing a knowledge-based society and with HBKU’s mission to develop world-class interdisciplinary academic programs.

Graduates 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 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, 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 to apply them 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 tradition; and the ‘applied aspect’, to improve students’ skills in addressing the vexing ethical dilemmas and questions that people face in contemporary times for the prospective market of professional work.


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 
  • A choice of two theoretical ethics courses out of three options (6 credits)

    • Scriptural Ethics: Ethics in Qur’an and Sunnah
    • Theological and Philosophical Ethics
    • Ethical Reasoning and Moral Decision-Making
  • A choice of five electives in applied ethics out of 10 options (15 credits)*

    • Islamic Bioethics
    • Ethics of Migration and Human Rights
    • Business Ethics
    • Peace, War, and Politics of Ethics
    • Gender and Islamic Ethics
    • Ethical Issues in Psychology
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Art and Ethics
    • Comparative Religious Ethics
    • Ethics in Science and Technology

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

  • Thesis (9 credits)

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