Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures


​​​Based in central London, the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) two-year MA Programme offers:

  • A distinctive way of understanding Muslim civilisations as they have evolved over time.
  • Stresses the plurality and complexity of past and present Muslim cultures, studying them as part of world cultures.​

  • E​mploys the tools of the social sciences and humanities as a framework for learning.

Within the disciplines of social sciences and humanities our students study a number of subjects including, development studies, economics, political science, art, architecture, history, literature, comparative religion and law.

The MA programme consists of a number of core and elective courses, which includes a field-based Language Immersion Programme (Arabic or Persian), a Communications and Leadership Programme as well as optional fieldwork that can contribute to a dissertation.

Financial assistance is available in the form of loans and partial grants.

For more details please see the MA in Muslim Cultures - MA in Muslim Cultures - Programme Specification.pdf.

Virtual Fairs are an opportunity for you to know more about the programme and speak with the Director, Head of Educational Programme, faculty, students and a member of the admission team. If you are interested in receiving emails about Virtual Fairs, key dates in the application process and invitations to events - b​oth virtual and on campus - please sign up to our email list​.


Applications are welcome throughout the year, however, the decision process is as follows:

  • Applications received by the early deadline of Friday 22 December 2017 should receive a decision in March 2​​​018.

  • A​pplications rec​​eived by the Wednesday 28 February 2018 deadline should receive a decision in May 2018.

Note that you can send your completed and signed online application form via email as soon as you have completed it but all documents must be received as hard copies and postmarked 22 December 2017 or 28 February 2018, depending on your chosen submission date.

The application form can be found by clicking on:​

The reference form is below for you to download and send to your chosen referees.

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