Applying to GPISH

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Application and Admissions Procedure
Entry requirements
  • A completed first degree of good standing from an accredited university, equivalent to a British Bachelor's degree.
  • An acceptable level of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 6.5 in the IELTS (Academic) for UKVI qualification. Please see the Tier 4 requirement below for exemptions.
Admission to GPISH does not guarantee admission to a degree-granting university for the third
year of study. While staff are on hand to advise, students are fully responsible for gaining their
third-year admission.
  • Exposure to the academic study of Islam, the social sciences or the humanities is desirable.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and will be required to sit a written examination. Interviews are intended to ascertain intellectual breadth, analytical skills, and an interest in issues relating to the study of Muslim societies.
Tier 4 Student Visa Requirement
  • In accordance with UK visa rules, the IIS exempts candidates from the English language requirements if they have completed undergraduate studies taught in the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom and The United States of America.  Nationals of Canada or any of the countries listed above are also exempt from the English language requirements.
  • Please note that UKVI limits how long a student may spend in the UK studying at degree level (and above) to a total of 5 years. This may affect your application if you have already studied in the UK. Please promptly notify the Student Services Unit if you have any queries in this regard. For further information please visit the UKVI website.
GPISH is a fully funded scholarship programme. Successful applicants receive housing, as well
as a living allowance. Programme-related fees and travel costs are also covered.

Reference Letters
Applicants are also expected to provide four (4) reference letters. Three of these should be from people who can attest to your ability to pursue master's level coursework (i.e.: academic referees), and one should normally be from a member of the community who can comment on your character. 
Transcripts of all university coursework are required. Transcripts must be official (i.e.: authenticated by your university) and translated into English. 
Personal Statement and Writing Sample
Applicants must write a Personal Statement of 750 words, as well as submit a separate piece of academic writing (i.e.: an undergraduate essay).
It is the applicants' responsibility to provide authentic and verifiable evidence of qualifications. If you are found to have submitted fraudulent documents, your application will be automatically withdrawn.