Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy

What is this course about?

Muslims are part of the religious and cultural landscape of Britain. As with other communities, they are affected by a number of social problems in all sections of society. The need is growing for Muslim chaplains in Further and Higher Education, the National Health Service (including hospices), social welfare, prisons, the Police, Armed Forces and Industry. An overview of the situation in Europe reveals a similar pattern. As Muslims become an integral entity within the social fabric, the development of strong institutional infrastructures become essential.

The development of specific courses which facilitate and train professionals working in the areas of chaplaincy and pastoral care are illustrated by the current situation of Muslim communities in the UK particularly, and in Europe generally. It is with this in mind that MIHE devised a course in the ‘Training of Muslim Chaplains’ in 2003 and has delivered successfully ever since. The aim is to contribute to the creation of sound and stable communities able to function harmoniously within the framework and institutions of wider society.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have good inter-personal skills, some experience of community work and be competent in English as well as have a basic understanding of theology and religion. Prospective students may be asked to attend an interview. They will be required to demonstrate experience and maturity. 

Course Structure

The course has two parts, theoretical and practical.


The theoretical part consists of:


    • Introduction to chaplaincy work
    • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    • Introduction to the Health Service System
    • Introduction to the Education System
    • Methodology of communication
    • Pastoral care in Islam
    • Counselling skills – listening skills
    • Spiritual development – an Islamic perspective
    • Interfaith relations


The practical part of the course will involve:

  • A minimum of 60 hours of placement in a prison, a hospital or an educational establishment.
  • For practical training, students will undertake supervised training in either HM Prison Service, NHS Hospital or in Further or Higher Education chaplaincy.

The objective of the placement is to enable each student to observe closely and, wherever possible, practice and experience an area relevant to his or her field of interest. Within the context of the placement, the student should be able to demonstrate his or her ability in relating the skills and knowledge gained from the course. This will help to integrate theory and practise and to develop good learning patterns for the future.

    Contact Hours

    The course consists of 8 days over 8 months and will focus on three areas of Muslim Chaplaincy:

      • HM Prison Service
      • NHS Hospital
      • Further or Higher Education Chaplaincy

    Chaplaincy Dates 2022*

    Day One Wednesday, 2 February 2022
    Day Two Wednesday, 2 March 2022
    Day Three Wednesday, 11 May 2022
    Day Four Wednesday, 1 June 2022
    Day Five Wednesday, 6 July 2022
    Day Six Wednesday, 3 August 2022
    Day Seven Wednesday, 7 September 2022
    Day Eight Wednesday, 5 October 2022









    * Subject to change

    Our staff

    Ruqaiyah Hibell is the course leader for this course. You are also taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting the subject area. For a list of current staff, please click here.

    How to Apply

    If you wish to join any of our courses, please complete an online application from the website www.mihe.ac.uk, mentioning details of your academic qualifications and outlining your motivation for applying for your chosen course. Applications for the February intake should be received by mid-January. For further information please email at info@mihe.ac.uk

    Contact Us

    If you wish to ask anything about our Muslim Chaplaincy course, please contact us at:



    Markfield Institute of Higher Education

    Ratby Lane



    LE67 9SY

    Telephone 0153 0244 922 (ext. 301)
    Fax 0153 0243 102
    E-mail ruqaiyah.hibell@mihe.org.uk

    Fees and Funding

    The tuition fee for the Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy is £1,400.

    For further information, please go here: Fees and Financial Support.