Application and Admissions Procedure
- A completed first degree of good standing from an accredited university, equivalent to a British Bachelor’s degree.
- Please note that if you already have a Master’s degree in Islamic studies when you apply, you should enquire with programme staff to discuss your application.
- An acceptable level of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 6.5 in the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) qualification, and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score. Please note the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) is the only test we can accept. We will not accept IELTS Academic as this is a different test. Please see the Tier 4 requirement below for exemptions.
All students applying to GPISH or STEP need to prove English competency according to IELTS. For more information, please read the pdf below.
- 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
- You will be required to take an English language test unless you are a national of an English majority speaking country (as defined by UKVI) or have completed an undergraduate and postgraduate degree taught in the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of 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. If you are a national of Canada you are also exempt from taking the test. If you have completed an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Canada and are not a Canadian national you will be required to take the test.
- 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 Student Services if you have any queries in this regard. For further information please visit the UKVI website.
- Certificate of Comparability For students who are not nationals of the above exempt countries but hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree from one of these countries, you will be required to provide a certificate of comparability from UK NARIC. Please check UK NARIC for further information.
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. Students who wish to contribute to their fees may make an unconditional donation to the IIS via the Aga Khan Foundation office in their country of residence.
How to Apply
To request a full GPISH application pack please complete the pre-application form.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is registered with Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England.
Please note: 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.