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1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 30,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • The first and only qualification of its kind in Australia.
  • Study contemporary contexts and realities in Islamic education in courses aligned to Australian educational priorities.
  • All courses are available online, so you can tailor your studies to your teaching schedule.
  • Study during holiday periods or teaching breaks, and take advantage of five day face-to-face intensives on-campus.
  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1.
  • We’re also ranked top 10 in Australia and top 100 in the world for education2.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education3.

12020 THE Subject Rankings

22020 QS Subject Rankings

3Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



This graduate diploma has been developed to meet the needs of educators in Islamic schools or educators in state and private schools with a high percentage of Muslim students.

It has been designed in collaboration with our research and industry partners to provide you with the knowledge, pedagogical and practical skills to promote learning for Muslim students in diverse educational settings. If you wish to contribute to research development in Islamic education, and education more broadly, you can also use this qualification as a pathway to a Master of Education and doctoral studies.

This qualification is highly flexible in its delivery, you can study full-time or part-time and all courses are offered online, offering flexibility so you can tailor your studies to your teaching schedule. If you decide to exit this program after the first four courses, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Education (Islamic Education).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Islamic Education) offers professional learning aligned with contemporary educational polices, standards and practices, within the framework of Islamic teaching.

The courses you will study relate to contemporary issues, and include themes of student wellbeing and managing learning environments. You will develop skills to better meet the needs, and improve the quality of education, for Muslim students.

You will graduate with foundations in contemporary Islamic theology, and in Islamic teaching across a range of diverse educational settings for Muslim students.

 If you wish to contribute to research development in Islamic education, and education more broadly, you could consider continuing with a Master of Education or a PhD. If you decide to exit this program after the first four courses, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Education (Islamic Education).

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Islamic Pedagogy: Principles and Praxis EDUC 5262 4.5
Islam Today EDUC 5277 4.5
Islamic Pedagogy: Contemporary Issues and Muslim Students in the Classroom EDUC 5278 4.5
Advanced Islamic Civilisation EDUC 5276 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Islamic Pedagogy: Quality Teaching and Learning EDUC 5263 4.5
Islamic Pedagogy: Managing Learning Environments EDUC 5280 4.5
Islamic Pedagogy: Critical Perspectives on Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment EDUC 5279 4.5
Students select one of the following: 4.5
Advanced Studies of Sharia EDUC 5275 4.5
Advanced Studies in Islam and International Affairs EDUC 5274 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays and reports
  • critical analyses and reflections
  • online activities
  • projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Diploma in Education (Islamic Education)

Why this Degree

UniSA is South Australia's largest tertiary provider for education degrees. We are the only tertiary institution in Australia to offer a postgraduate qualification that is specifically focused on Islamic education. 

Islamic schools are increasing in number around the world and there are over 50 in Australia. The Graduate Diploma in Education (Islamic Education) takes a global view, so you will gain perspective of the Islamic worldview as it intersects with contemporary education discourse and research.

You will graduate with a relevant, respected qualification. The curriculum for this graduate diploma is informed by our world-class research (research that has been ranked number one in SA1) and it delves into current debates, theories and research relevant to this specialisation. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

 1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Real-world connections

The program has been developed collaboratively with stakeholders and our research partners to provide studies and research development that meets the needs of a growing educational sector.

Our Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) works in partnership with the Islamic Schools Association of Australia (ISAA) as well as curriculum partners nationally and internationally. Researchers engage in first-class and cutting-edge academic research with a focus on Islam and Muslims within an Australian/Western context.

Our teaching staff and many of our academics are also highly regarded researchers, and you may have the opportunity to work alongside these practicing professionals throughout your study.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

As a graduate of this qualification, you could reasonably expect to find employment in Islamic schools or possibly Madrassahs, Pesantrens, or in state and private schools with a high percentage of Muslim students. Educational settings could range from early childhood to school learning.

If you wish to contribute to research development in Islamic education, and education more broadly, you could consider continuing with a Master of Education or a PhD.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a Research Fellow and the Program Director for Islamic Education. I have over twenty years’ experience in education combing roles of teacher, principal, consultant, researcher and lecturer. I am a passionate advocate for Islamic schools and Islamic education in Australia.

I am also a member of an International network of educators on the Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP), a project of Razi Education (Canada, UAE). I completed a Master of Education (Leadership) through the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS), Griffith University, examining education leadership and school vision. His research interests include Islamic pedagogy, character education and teacher training. My PhD research focuses on Islamic pedagogy in Australian Islamic schools and aims to further efforts towards renewal and inform teaching training. I am a co-editor of Islamic schooling in the West: Pathways to renewal (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming).

Dr Nadeem Memon

Program Director

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Dr Nadeem Memon

Program Director


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