FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to study Islamic Studies for my third-year master’s degree?
  2. Does the scholarship cover living expenses?
  3. Do I have to pay any tuition fees?
  4. What happens if I wish to study outside the UK for my third year?
  5. Can I apply to both GPISH and STEP?
  6. I will be graduating in June, 2012. If I do not yet have my undergraduate degree in hand, can I still apply to the programme beginning September, 2012?
  7. When can candidates expect to learn the outcome of their application?
  8. Is it necessary to study Arabic throughout the first two years of the programme?
  9. Where do GPISH students live? Does the IIS offer any assistance to students in finding accommodation?
  10. How many hours of class do students have per week?
  11. What is the policy on taking up part-time employment while studying?
  12. I’d like to work in the UK after I finish the programme. Is this possible?
  13. I’ve got a complaint about the admissions process. Whom do I address it to?
 
1. Do I have to study Islamic Studies for my third-year master’s degree?
 
No, but students are encouraged to consider Islamic Studies as their third year option. Irrespective of the choice, the third year subject must be relevant to the aims of the GPISH and must be approved by the Course Director. During the summer term of the first year, students begin thinking about and applying to master’s programmes with the guidance of the Department’s faculty and staff. Past students have pursued subjects as diverse as education, journalism and media,, public policy, anthropology, law and development.
 
 
2. Does the scholarship cover living expenses?
 
GPISH is a fully funded scholarship programme. Successful applicants receive housing, as well as a living allowance (stipend) for their stay in London in line with UKVI regulations. All programme-related fees and travel costs are covered.
 
 
3. Do I have to pay any tuition fees?
 
No. The scholarship includes tuition fees for the full three-year course.
 
 
4. What happens if I wish to study outside the UK for my third year?
 
As a general rule, students are required to pursue their master’s degree in UK. In exceptional cases where a similar programme is not available in the UK and if the programme is directly relevant to IIS’ own goals, applications to study outside the UK will be reviewed by a special committee on a case-by-case basis.
 
 
5. Can I apply to both GPISH and STEP?
 
Yes. However, each programme has distinct aims. Therefore, you are encouraged to think very carefully about how either programme would meet your academic and career goals before applying. In reviewing your application(s), the respective selection committees will be looking for your ability to make a strong case for your decision to apply to a particular programme.
 
 
6. I will be graduating in June, 2012. If I do not yet have my undergraduate degree in hand, can I still apply to the programme beginning September, 2012?
 
Yes. If you are accepted, your offer of acceptance will be conditional upon successful completion of your degree and upon meeting the minimum grades set by the selection committee.
 
 
7. When can candidates expect to learn the outcome of their application?
 
Notifications are issued in April.
 
 
8. Is it necessary to study Arabic throughout the first two years of the programme?
 
Yes. The aim of Arabic language training is to equip students with the skills needed to read original Arabic texts in different disciplines and from different periods. Those students who are already proficient in Arabic will be required to study Persian.
 
9. Where do GPISH students live? Does the IIS offer any assistance to students in finding accommodation?
 
The IIS will provide single accommodation for all IIS students at their student accommodation residence located at King's Cross. Accommodation will be available to all first year students and up until 31 August for all second year students. All students are required to live in this residence.
 
 
10. How many hours of class do students have per week?
 
Students are expected to devote a minimum of 40-45 hours per week to study, of which 12-15 hours are spent in class.
 
 
11. What is the policy on taking up part-time employment while studying?
 
Due to the intensive nature of the programme, students are discouraged from taking up employment during their studies. The IIS provides sufficient funds to cover living expenses.
 
 
12. I’d like to work in the UK after I finish the programme. Is this possible?
 
UK student visas are issued under the premise that the student will return to their country of origin upon completing their studies. However, the UK Home Office currently allows recent graduates to stay in the UK to work in the UK if they apply for a visa under the Post Study Work (PSW). Students must have received proof of having completed their studies before applying for the PSW visa. Terms and conditions apply to this scheme.
 
 
13. I’ve got a complaint about the admissions process. Whom do I address it to?
 
if you have any complaints relating to the admissions process please contact the Head at the Department of Graduate Studies - admissions@iis.ac.uk