The University of Wolverhampton

MASikh Studies

Why choose this course?

The course is a unique opportunity for you to explore the Sikh community and the Sikh faith both in India and the diaspora, with a particular emphasis on the British Sikh perspective. The MA Sikh Studies will serve as an international model of good practice in community-based research relating to contemporary issues. You will be encouraged to foster links with the British Library which holds a wealth of Sikh manuscripts. You will also be given the opportunity to carry out in-depth research on any aspect of Sikh Studies. The University of Wolverhampton is an ideal location in which to undertake the MA Sikh Studies due to the population of Sikhs in the City. The University has very strong links with the local and national community and has also become the home to the UK’s very first Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies. The University of Wolverhampton is committed to working with local communities and has extensive experience and links with the Sikh communities in Wolverhampton and nationally, along with increasing expertise in Sikh studies and research.

What happens on the course?

The MA Sikh Studies provides a range of modules relating to both the Sikh faith as well as the Sikh community (the Panth) and will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate a systematic understanding of both traditional as well as current insights in Sikh Studies. The curriculum will encourage you to explore the many viewpoints towards particular topics such as gender equality, the philosophical teachings of Sikhi, as well as into current debates affecting the global Sikh community. Through the course you will acquire the skills to apply originality in the application of knowledge gained from research, field visits and guest lectures from leading researchers in Sikh Studies. A unique feature of this course is the fieldwork you will carry out within the Sikh community itself, this can be with organisations or regional communities. This will enable you to demonstrate self-direction and originality whilst carrying out professional research within the Sikh community

Why Wolverhampton?

Wolverhampton has the 2nd largest Sikh population in the UK, with 9% of residents describing themselves as Sikh in the 2011 Census. The University of Wolverhampton is committed to working with local communities and has extensive experience and links with the Sikh communities in Wolverhampton and nationally, along with increasing expertise in Sikh studies and research. Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Director of the Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, is actively engaged with the Sikh community in Wolverhampton and has recently been involved in a major project with the Sikh Network to develop the largest and most comprehensive survey of UK Sikhs.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Opindenjit Takhar

Career path

This course will give you the skills to work in political organisations across the world as well as faith based institutions and the teaching profession. The course is ideal for roles around religious literacy relating to Sikhs and working with agencies to tackle hate crime against Sikhs because of a lack of awareness of the Sikhs and their faith. Therefore career paths could include Journalism, social work and other community facing roles. The course is also an ideal preparation for further research on a PhD programme.

What skills will you gain?

You will gain skills in critical analysis of the sources available both via printed materials as well as primary data from your field visits.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement would normally be a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant area. Exceptionally, a 2:2 would be considered upon a successful interview. Students with a social sciences and humanities discipline would be appropriately advised by the course team and additional specialist technical support provided where necessary. We also require IELTS 6.0 or above.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £6,250 £13,000
Part time £3,125

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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