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IPSA students currently have a choice of two programmes being offered by the institution at undergrad level the 1 year Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS) and the minimum 3 year Bachelor of Arts Islamic Studies (BAIS).

Both the Full-Time and Part-Time HCIS programme, as well as the 3 year BAIS degree programme is fully accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the Registrar of Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and registered on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

IPSA submitted an application for the accreditation of the BAHIS programme on 01 October 2015 and can confirm that we have received a successful outcome in 2017. The BAHIS degree is fully accredited by the CHE and registered by the Registrar of the PHEI of the DHET and registered on the NQF SAQA.

Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS) – minimum 1 Year (full time)

The HCIS programme aims to enhance spiritual consciousness and provide a deeper understanding of Islam. A student will gain a solid introduction to the various fields of Islamic knowledge, including literacy, research skills as well as leadership capabilities, which ultimately aim at inspiring moral regeneration. The programme, thus, acts as a catalyst for change.

Since 2014 the Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies Programme (HCIS) includes a specially designed ‘Leadership & Youth Development’ module. Completing the HCIS successfully allows entrance to the IPSA Bachelors of Arts Islamic Studies programme.

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  • Modules

    Arabic through Qur'an
  •  Qur'an Literacy
  • Principles of Qur'anic Recitation and Memorization
  • Fiqh: Islamic Laws of Worship
  • 'Aqidah (Islamic Belief)
  • Meanings of the Qur'an
  • Sirah: Prophetic Biography
  • Islamic Interpersonal Relationships
  • Global Leadership & Life Orientation
  • Critical Reading & Writing Skills Development


The HCIS Program is run over two semesters, with the above listed modules offered in both semester one and two throughout the year.  See the IPSA Student Handbook for further details.

Bachelors of Arts Islamic Studies – minimum 3 Years (full time)

The ultimate purpose of the BAIS programme is to produce graduates with a core set of skills and knowledge that meet the needs of those seeking a deeper and thorough understanding of Islam. The programme acts as a platform for further postgraduate and other studies in the field and provides a thorough basis for those wishing to become religious functionaries. This course will enable the student to major in two main fields in Islamic Studies, Shari`ah Law and Arabic.

The Programme aims at delivering:

  • Core knowledge of the major Islamic disciplines.
  • Key disciplines of Islamic Law, Qur’anic exegesis and Prophetic precepts.
  • Induction into Arabic, the language of Islam’s primary sources and the principal language of its scholarship.
  • Tertiary academic conventions through specific modules of academic development, research and writing skills.
  • A key set of academic skills and a thorough sensitivity to the South African context in which this knowledge is applied.
  • Through Islamic History, Religious Studies and contextual nature of Islamic law students are made fully cognizant of issues relating to diversity and context.
Year One Year Two Year Three
Major : Arabic Modules Major : Arabic Modules Major : Arabic Modules
Elementry Arabic Intermediate Arabic level one Advanced Arabic level one
Pre-intermediate Arabic Intermediate Arabic level two Advanced Arabic level one
Principles of Qur'anic Recitation Textual Readings: Qur'an Textual Readings: Islamic Law
Basic Textual Reading:
Phrophectic precepts
 Textual Reading: 
Phrophectic precepts
Textual Readings: Islamic 
Major : Islamic Studies Modules Major : Islamic Studies Modules Major : Islamic Studies Modules
Islamic Laws of Worship Muslim Personal Law 1 Classical Islamic Commercial Law
Laws of Worship: Applications  Muslim Personal Law 2 Islamic Banking & Finance
Legislative History Principles of Jurisprudence Islamic Law of Succession, Bequests
and Endowments
Phrophetic Precepts: Ulum al-Hadith Qur'anic Studies Qur'anic Studies 1
Phrophetic Precepts: Ulum al-Hadith Qur'anic Studies 2
Phrophetic Precepts 1
Phrophetic Precepts 2
Humanities Modules Humanities Modules Humanities Modules
History: Source Methodology in the
Sirah and the Makkan Perion
History: Themes from classical Mulim
Contemporary Islamic Thought
History: The Madinan Period History: Islam in South Africa
Academic Development 1 Religious Studies: Ancient, Eastern
 and African Religions

Academic Development 2 Religious Studies: Semitic Religions


The BA Program is run over two semesters. Some modules are presented in one semester, while others are are presented over two, with of them being pre-requisites of another. See the IPSA Student Handbook for further details.

Units under the Arabic Module include, Nahw (Arabic Grammar); Sarf (Science of Morphology); Muhadathah (Conversation); Qira’ah (Reading & Comprehension); Insha (Writing & Composition); Khatt & Imla (Writing & Dictation); selected Arabic Textual Reading.

BA Honours Degree in Islamic Studies (BAHIS) – minimum 1 Year (full time)

It is aimed to bring together Islamic and western, old and contemporary, traditional and critical scholarships - within a framework of shared values. Each student is expected to make original contributions during their course of study based on their unique professional and academic experience.

The focus of the BAHIS programme will be to develop the methodology, framework and research skills required for further post graduate study at masters level. IPSAs educational philosophy and approach is one that is firmly rooted in Qurán, Hadith, and the rich history of fifteen hundred years of traditional scholarship, whilst it will essentially favour a contemporary and future orientation over an historical orientation. It will emphasise a holistic approach over simplicity, moral values over literalism, a multi-dimension approach over binarism, re-construction over deconstruction and purposes and principles over rules.

We are very excited about this new revised BAHIS programme. We hope that you enjoy your journey with us and we look forward to hearing about your experiences and reflections on it.

Duration of Programme and lecture times

The Bachelor Honours Degree in Islamic Studies offered at IPSA is a postgraduate specialisation qualification at NQF Exit Level 8. It is essentially aimed at preparing students for research-based postgraduate study at Masters Level. The Honours qualification is generally undertaken after a student has completed a 3-year Bachelor degree or similar qualification at NQF Exit Level 7 in an appropriate field. The BAHIS programme also serves as the first year of postgraduate study in Islamic Studies at IPSA. It provides the opportunity for further intensive academic pursuance of Islamic studies.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to consolidate and deepen the student's understanding and expertise in the Islamic studies discipline, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of that discipline. This qualification demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence. It aims to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level and prepare graduates to contribute to the scholarly study and advanced application of Islam to contemporary challenges, and provide students in South Africa, the Muslim world and beyond, with new methods of dealing with these challenges.

The Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Islamic Studies develops advanced research skills in Islamic studies through the successful completion of a substantial scholarly research project. The course develops skills in Islamic studies methods, critical analysis of relevant literature, cogent and sustained argument, and clear, precise writing. Students will learn to work under supervision and take up research in a specialised Islamic studies field.

Duration of Programme

1. Minimum duration of the programme is one full academic year consisting of two semesters. Individuals registered as Full Time students are expected to complete the programme in one academic year.

2. Students registered for part time study may complete the programme in no less than two years.

Course Choices

Code Title NQF Level NQF Credits Lecturer Hours Semester
Group A ISL408S Research project (Compulsory) 8 30 20 2
ISL401F Research Methods and Theoretical Approach to the Study of Islam (compulsory) 8 24 30 1
ISL402F Readings in Maqasid Al-Shariah (compulsory) 8 24 30 1
Group B ISL403F Contemporary Islamic Thought (elective) 8 24 30 1
ISL405S Contemporary Law (elective) 8 24 30 2
ISL408S Contemporary Muslim Societies and Organisations (elective) 8 24 30 2
ARA404F Advanced Arabic Level 3 (elective) 8 24 30 2
Total Credits Required 126

Eligibility, Application and Registration

Target Group

Graduates in Islamic Studies, religious studies or a related field wherein the study of Islam was a significant component, and students interested in a more detailed study of Islam as well as teachers of this discipline at schools and other tertiary institutions are strongly advised to do the BAHIS programme.

Entrance Requirements
  1. Unless IPSA Council decides otherwise, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria to be enrolled for the degree, Bachelor of Arts Honours:

    1. Students in possession of a qualification at NQF exit level 7 in Islamic Studies, religious studies or a related field wherein the study of Islam was a significant component and have obtained an average of at least 60% in the final assessment of the final year courses for the Bachelor’s degree.

    2. A graduate in an area of study which the IPSA Council considers appropriate of this College or another institution recognised by the IPSA Council for this purpose may be admitted to a programme leading to the degree of Bachelor Honours.

    3. A person who has in any other manner attained a level of competence which, in the opinion of IPSA Council, is adequate for the purpose of admission as a candidate for the degree.

    4. Section (a) and (b) above is subject to IPSA’s Extended Honours Programme and RPL admission pathway.

  2. A candidate shall attend and complete the BA Honours programme in a field of study specified in the rules for the degree concerned.

RPL and Pathways to Higher Learning
  1. IPSA has aligned the BA Honours programme’s admission criteria to keep in line with the National Plan for Higher Education’s (NPHE’s) goal of widening access to higher education by setting equity.

  2. This policy provides, where possible, for flexible entry routes, which includes RPL, as well as additional requirements for the programme, where applicable.

  3. IPSA has further introduced an extended Honours programme for students who may need to fulfil certain pre-requirements in order not to compromise the general standard and quality.

  4. The details of these pathways is published in a policy document on RPL and Alternative Pathways.

You may download the application form and the course prospectus from our download page, and may contact us at  for any further questions.