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Johnston Rd, Gatesville,
Cape Town, 7766,
South Africa

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 1 year HCIS programme and 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 is awaiting the outcome. A successful outcome will mean that the BAHIS degree will be 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.

IPSA’s 12000 Believers Waqf Campaign is the establishment of a waqf in perpetuity for Education.

  • 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.

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