The Vocational Certificate in Islamic Leadership is a one-year course designed to help those who are already in the position of Imam or Alim in the British Muslim community articulate and implement their knowledge more effectively in Britain today.
The course draws on Islamic sources for inspiration and guidance in all these aims, as well as providing the relevant skills and knowledge necessary in modern British society. It is taught by leading scholars and practitioners, from the University of Cambridge and the British Muslim community.
The course has been designed specifically for those who may have previously graduated from a dar al ‘ulum and are unable to attend the full time year-long Diploma that the College offers.
The course will be organised as 5 intensive weeks of teaching in the year. The students will be expected to prepare for the courses and the students will be set assessments as part of the course. The teaching will be provided as follows:
26th September - 30th September
5th December – 9th December
9th January – 13th January
26th March – 30th March
25th June – 29th June
The course modules will be similar to those offered in the Diploma, but due to the compressed nature of this programme, there will be some changes to the numbers of modules offered and the content to ensure that the course is best-suited to the needs to the students within the time available. As well as academic studies, there will be a focus on practical skills especially in responding to the challenges that face the British Muslim community.
Who should apply?
The college welcomes applications from anyone who wants to apply their knowledge effectively in the service of the Muslim community and others. The courses are suited to those who work directly in mosques and Muslim organisations. The other requirements for entry are the completion of an ‘ālim course at a recognised institution of Islamic scholarship, and fluency in written and spoken English. Applicants are expected to be intellectually curious, hard-working, and committed to the aims of the college.
What will it cost?
The cost of the Vocational Certificate course is 2,500 pounds. The college is offering 10 partial scholarships to the successful candidates. The students will be expected to meet a fee of 1,000 pounds for entry. This will include accommodation and subsistence (one daily meal) while in Cambridge.
How should I apply?
Please access and complete the application form through the link provided and then return to us at the address below with two references by 5.00pm 4th July 2011.
Cambridge Muslim College
14 St. Paul's Road
Click the links below to download the application form and guidance notes.
CMC Vocational Certificate Application Form 2011/12
CMC Vocational Certificate Guidance Notes for 2011/12
The Vocational Certificate has three inter-related aims:
1. To enable Imams/Alims to understand and engage with contemporary debates about the role of religion in general, and Islam in particular, in modern society;
2. To support the Imams/Alims in their pastoral services to the Muslim community;
3. To equip Imams/Alims with practical skills to make them more effective leaders of Muslim institutions and to enhance their career prospects in all fields