Programme Structure

 

 

Successful graduates of GPISH emerge with two Master’s degrees: an MA in Islamic Studies and Humanities and a Master’s degree in a subject related to the aims and ethos of the programme.

The MA in Islamic Studies and Humanities is designed and delivered by the IIS and validated by SOAS University of London. Students study at the IIS for this over the first two years of the programme. The third-year Master’s is in a subject of the student’s choice at a UK university. To graduate from GPISH, students must successfully complete the two-year IIS component and gain their degree from the third-year university.

 

Pre-sessionals before Year 1

 

Based on language levels for English, some students attend pre-sessionals for academic English writing while others have a shorter in-house course before they start the first term. New students who are not proficient speakers of Arabic also have four weeks of Arabic-language classes before the start of the first term.

 

 

Years 1 and 2 ­– Studying for an MA in Islamic Studies and Humanities at the IIS

 

14 subject modules: 8 in Year 1 and 6 in Year 2: Year 1 lays the foundations with regard to knowledge and approach. Year 2 confronts broader thematic subjects and particular attention is dedicated to cultivating research skills.

Intensive language training with language immersion in either an Arabic-speaking country or Iran*

Educational field trip to Spain*

Leadership Workshop and Careers Seminars

Field Research Project*

* All study abroad components are subject to travel advice by the UK Government and students’ obtaining the necessary visas. In the event a student cannot travel, Alternative Study Arrangements will be made; these will take place in the UK

 

 

Year 3 – Studying for a Master’s degree at an accredited UK university

 

Students spend Year 3 studying for a Master’s degree at a UK university in a subject area that resonates with the aims of GPISH. Guidance and support are provided to help students select their third-year programmes.** Degrees from UK universities are recognised around the world.

 

** Programme choices must be approved by the Department of Graduate Studies and students are responsible for their acceptance by the university. Students will continue to have access to IIS facilities in Year 3, although they will not be enrolled as students at the IIS.

 

 

Year 1

 

Language in Terms 1, 2 and 3 + three subject modules per term. All modules are compulsory.

 

Modules

Credits

Arabic or Persian Language

30

The Qur’aninfo-icon, Parts 1 and 2

30

Ritual, Worship and Practice

15

Muslims in History 1: Late Antiquity

15

Muslims in History 2: Middle Period

15

Muslims in History 3: Modern and Contemporary

15

Key Moments in Shi’i History, Thought and Society

15

Key Moments in Ismaili History

15

Religion, Literature and Identity in South Asian Muslim Contexts

15

Total

165

 

Further information is available on the Module Descriptions page.

 

 

Year 2

 

 

Language in Terms 1, 2 and 3 + two or three subject modules per term. All modules are compulsory.

 

Modules

Credits

Arabic or Persian Language

30

Research Design and Methods and Field Research Project

60

Ismailis in Modern Times

15

Law, Ethics and Society, Parts 1 and 2

30

Art, Literature and Religion, Parts 1 and 2

30

Intellectual Traditions in the History of Muslims

15

Prophet Muhammad and Imaminfo-icon Ali in the Discourse of Muslim Communities

15

Total

195

 

Further information is available on the Module Descriptions page.