What qualifications do I need to take a short course with Online Shia Studies?

No qualifications are required, but familiarity with Arabic and Persian Islamic terminology is recommended, as well as a good knowledge of English.

Are these courses recognised by other academic institutions?

At the moment, Online Shia Studies courses are not accredited and cannot be used to apply to other colleges and universities; however, a certificate of completion will be issued on the completion of an optional essay.

Do I have to be a Shīʿa Muslim to take a course?

Online Shia Studies welcomes applicants from all religious and cultural backgrounds.

Can I be refunded if I do not complete the course?

Online Shia Studies cannot refund courses once they have been booked, except where you have not taken any class at all.

Why should I choose this course?

Online Shia Studies offers quality courses for people who wish to study in a flexible way without having to commit themselves to a full academic programme, such as a Bachelor’s Degree. You can study from anywhere in the world. Courses are interactive and critical discussion is welcome. You will also get guidance on how to produce an essay that meets top academic standards, which can prepare you for further study.

What format do the courses take: are they interactive or written?

Online Shia Studies utilises a variety of on-line systems, such as Skype and WiziQ, which enables the tutor to interact live with students logging on from any part of the world. You will need to read the course pack material in preparation for each on-line class. Classes consist of a forty-five minute lecture, followed by forty-five minutes for discussion.

How long do the courses last?

Courses are eight weeks long, and consist of one session per week.

What is the timing for each session?

Sessions are for one-and-a-half hours: forty-five minutes for the lecture and forty-five minutes for discussion and questions. The timing of the sessions is fixed and you will need to be able to log on at that time. Session times can be changed to ensure convenience for all candidates.

What kind of topics can I study?

Online Shia Studies offers several short courses: Early Shīʿī History; Tenets of Tashayyu’ (Shi‘ism); Esoteric Knowledge in Tashayyu’; Shīʿī Trends in African History and Comparative Literature. For more information, please click on the ‘Courses’ tab in the Menu Bar.

Is there an examination?

There is no examination at the end of the course, but there is an optional essay, which is marked and given feedback by the tutor. The length of the essay is recommended to be 1,500 words.

Is there an age limit for applicants?

Online Shia Studies courses are most suited for applicants aged sixteen and over.

What are the rates?

Courses are £150/$250.00. After choosing a course, you can pay on-line through Paypal. Once the course is booked, you will be sent a pack of selected texts in pdf format and a syllabus from which you will be studying along with the tutor.