Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures


Virtual Fairs are an opportunity for you to know more about the programme and speak with the​ Director, ​​​​faculty, students and a member of the admission team. ​

Applications are now open to those planning to commence their studies with us in September 2018.​​

​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.

  • Employs 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 - Programme Specification.pdf​​.​​​​​​​​​​​​

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MA Muslim Cultures​​​​​​ Prospectus 2017​​ -  the 2018 prospectus will be uploaded as soon as it is available. In the meantime, the 2017 prospectus gives information about the programme. Fees and given dates may be subject to change.

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 2018.

Applications received by the Wednesday 28 February 2018 deadline should receive a decision in May 2018.

Note that you can send your 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 is below for you to download and complete. 

Application Form.docx

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

Reference Form.docx.