Mustafa Hameed Jameel MA scholar
Mustafa completed the MA in 2010, and then went on to gain a prestigious Cardiff University President’s Scholarship to do a PhD.
What would you recommend about studying for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain?
The MA was an absolute eye opener for me. It introduced me to a part of British history I was totally oblivious to. In many ways Cardiff and its Islam-UK Centre are conducting ground-breaking research about Muslims in Britain and bringing it to bear on contemporary knowledge and understanding. This is urgently needed in my opinion. But the MA course also gave practical social science skills that I can now apply in the real world and so improved my career prospects in that respect.
How did your Cardiff studies help you in what you are doing now?
My PhD owes everything to Cardiff University and the Jameel Scholarship. My ideas were nurtured by the Islam in Contemporary Britain course and it allowed me to discover further areas of research needed. I applied for a President’s Research Scholarship and was lucky, with the help of my teachers, to get it.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
Meeting new people, learning new things, gaining new skills too. Above all I love the way Cardiff allows you to cross disciplines for the benefit of enriching your research. It is unique in that respect.
What is the best thing about being a student at Cardiff?
The friends I have made and the new things I continue to learn. The staff - everyone from professors to administrators are so kind and caring.
Tell us a bit about your current work, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.
I am currently in the second year of my PhD. I was lucky enough to expand the work I did during my MA into a PhD and was given a scholarship to this end by Cardiff University. However, without the Jameel Scholarship all of this would have been impossible.
What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a Cardiff University Jameel Scholar?
I have a few career options ahead of me now 1) academic researcher and lecturer 2) Policy researcher 3) Community-based work.