Applying to GPISH

Application and Admissions Procedure

Entry requirements:

  • A completed first degree of good standing from an accredited university,equivalent to a British Bachelor's degree.
  • Exposure to the academic study of Islam or the social sciences or the humanities (desirable).
  • An acceptable level of English proficiency is required. Applicants who have not undertaken university education in English in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must submit an UKVI IELTS score. The minimum scores required for entry to the Graduate Programme is 6.5 (UKVI IELTS). Applicants who have completed at least one year of university-level studies in one of the above countries may be exempt from submitting UKVI IELTS scores. Note that TOEFL scores are not acceptable. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and will be required to sit for a written examination. Interviews are meant to ascertain intellectual breadth, analytical skills and an interest in issues relating to the study of Muslim societies. Admission to the Graduate Programme 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.

Fees

GPISH is a fully funded scholarship programme. Successful applicants receive housing, as well as a living allowance (stipend) for their stay in London. All programme-related fees and travel costs are covered. Please note that due to changes in the UKVI student visa regulations, successful applicants will not be able to bring dependents to the UK whilst on an IIS student visa. For further information please contact Student Services at the IIS.

English Language Proficiency
In addition, an acceptable level of English proficiency is required. Applicants who have not undertaken university education in English in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must submit an UKVI IELTS score. The minimum scores required for entry to the Graduate Programme is 6.5 (UKVI IELTS). Applicants who have completed at least one year of university-level studies in one of the above countries may be exempt from submitting UKVI IELTS scores. Note that TOEFL scores are not acceptable.
 
In exceptional circumstances, those applicants who successfully fulfil all other entry requirements, but whose English language proficiency is below the required level, may be accepted on the condition that they complete a pre-sessional course entitled English for Academic Purposes, delivered by the University of London. This course takes place in the summer, prior to the start of classes in September. Applicants who have completed at least one year of university-level studies in one of the above countries may be exempt from submitting UKVI IELTS scores.

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 (ie: academic referees), and one of which is normally from a member of the community who can comment on your character. 
 
Transcripts
Transcripts of all university coursework are required. Transcripts must be official (ie: authenticated by your university) and translated into English. 
 
Personal Statement and Writing Sample
In addition, 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.
 
To request an application pack please email admissions@iis.ac.uk