Muslim Cultures

The Aga Khan University

M.A. On Campus
18 months
11944 GBP/year
11944 GBP/year
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Our internationally recognised three-semester MA in Muslim Cultures​ at The Aga Khan University offers students a world-​class interdisciplinary educational opportunity with renowned scholars in the humanities and social sciences.


Key Features

Students also have the option to participate in a language immersion programme and a leadership skills programme.  

During their third semester, students prepare a thesis of up to 20,000 words following an optional field project on a theme of their choice.

In general, assessment is based on presentations, written assignments and examinations. Passing the thesis is a prerequisite for graduation from the Muslim Cultures program​ at The Aga Khan University.​

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Muslim Societies in a Changing World
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences & Humanities 
  • Language: Arabic I OR Persian
  • Sacred Across Cultures
  • Traditions & Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Religion, State & Politics in the Middle East
  • Paths in Sufism: Past & Present
  • Religion, Law and Society in Muslim Context

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ​An official copy of your undergraduate degree and attested copies of academic transcripts. (If a document is not in English a fully certified translation must be provided. The translation must include details of the translator and confirm that it is an accurate translation of the original. It must be dated and include the original signature of the translator).​
  • ​​Two references, submitted directly to the Admissions Inbox (via email). Referees must be familiar with your academic and/or professional work to date. At least one referee should be familiar with your academic work. Referees should use reference form provided; please download the reference form, fill in your details and request your referees to send it directly to AKU-ISMC 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11944 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11944 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    11944 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11944 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.


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Muslim Cultures
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