Successful graduates of GPISH emerge with two Master’s degrees:
Structure of the programme
New students attend an induction and pre-sessional academic programme for around five weeks.
Pre-sessionals introduce key skills and ways of thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences, combined with practical orientations to life in London and at the IIS. Students arrive in London to begin pre-sessionals in mid-August, ahead of the first term of MA study which commences in September.
Years 1 and 2 – MA in Islamic Studies and Humanities at the IIS
The programme is highly intensive. A typical week involves 9 hours of lectures and seminar discussions
for subject modules; 6 or 7 hours of language classes; and 30 hours of independent study. Taught
modules are delivered over three 12-week terms each year, following a prescribed curriculum.
Co-curricular activities equip students with field experience and applied skills:
* In the event of travel restrictions due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to a global pandemic such as COVID-19, the trip will either be cancelled or, where feasible, alternative arrangements will be made to take place in the UK or in an online environment. It is the students’ responsibility to obtain a Visa for all excursions abroad.
Year 3 – Studying for a Master’s degree at a UK university
Year 3 is spent studying for a Master’s degree at a UK university in a subject of the student’s choice from among the Humanities and Social Sciences. Guidance and support are provided to help students select and apply for Master’s programmes. While enrolled at a UK university in Year 3, students continue to have access to IIS facilities.
The IIS sponsors Master’s programmes that resonate with its aim to promote Humanities research
in service of society. The IIS does not sponsor programmes that are primarily scientific, technical, or
professional. Programme choices must be approved by the IIS’ Department of Graduate Studies.