Graduate Studies
The Institute of Ismaili Studies currently offers two graduate programmes which attract students from world-wide Ismaili communities: the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) and the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP).  The IIS also offers a Doctoral Scholarship Programme and other preparatory programmes for current and prospective students in different parts of the world. 

As a provider of higher education, the IIS is monitored by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), receiving its first visit in 2012.  Following annual monitoring visits in 2013 and 2017 the IIS received two commendable outcomes.  It submitted an annual return to the QAA in March 2018 demonstrating how it continues to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of information provided about student learning opportunities. Our Action Plan in response to the report can be seen here: 


The Institute of Ismaili Studies is registered with Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England. Further information about the role of the OfS can be found here:
  • The Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) is for practicing and prospective teachers wishing to embark on a career in teaching within the wider Aga Khan Network of Institutions, with a particular focus on teaching the IIS’ Secondary Curriculum.
  • Welcome to the online home for IIS Alumni. Whether you are a recent or past graduate, you are part of an active community of several hundred individuals worldwide. Find out what the IIS Alumni Association is planning in your region, as well as benefits and services available to IIS Alumni.
  • Every year, The Institute of Ismaili Studies awards a Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship to a candidate who is interested in pursuing a career in Islamic Studies. The award aims to encourage the study of neglected areas of Islamic and related studies.