Based in London, Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations aims to strengthen research and teaching about the heritage of Muslim societies, with specific attention to the challenges these societies face in contemporary settings.

ISMC's mandate is to illuminate the histori​cal and contemporary aspects of Muslim societies and to create a platform for fresh thinking about their futures through research, publications, public events and an interdisciplinary master's degree that attracts students from around the world to its London campus.

​The Institute seeks to provide a multifaceted approach to the study of Muslim peoples through a framework of world cultures, the humanities and social sciences. This approach is reflected​ in the Master’s programme as well as a range of short courses and through research and publications.​​ Learn more

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​Student Life

As a student at AKU you'll be part of a diverse and active community. You'll get to know your classmates and colleagues both on and off campus and you will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and to discover your passions.​ Read more...​


Our students are accomodated in new purpose-built accommodation in King's Cross. Spacious rooms are based in cluster flats of 6-8 rooms, each with an individual bedroom, complemented by well-equipped, airy communal kitchen and eating areas and comfortable chill-out spaces for relaxation and study. ​Read more...​


Our faculty are engaged in world-leading research, sharing their skills and experience to enable our students to pursue life-changing opportunities.

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