M.Phil. On Campus

Islamic Art and Architecture

21 months
28560 GBP/year
14140 GBP/year
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The MPhil in Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Oxford is a two-year course combining comprehensive training in the history of Islamic art and architecture, research, and language instruction. 


About this Degree

The course is designed for students with little or no background in Islamic art and architecture who wish also to learn Arabic or Persian or Ottoman Turkish.

The MPhil in Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Oxford is suitable either as a stand-alone course or as a stepping stone to doctoral research. 

You will have a supervisor at the Khalili Research Centre, who will guide your progress through the course and who will agree with you a programme of work and a timetable for each term of the course, including: general skills and research specific training, formal teaching and instruction, attendance at lectures and seminars, and regular meetings (normally at least twice per term) with the supervisor for detailed discussion on your progress. You will be expected to attend tutorials, classes, lectures and seminars regularly, and your tutors and language instructors will give you regular assignments of written work.

Programme Structure

  • In the first year, you will take a broad survey course over three terms entitled History of Islamic Art and Architecture, and a brief seminar series on Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture. 
  • During the second year, you will attend eight practical classes (known as the ‘Portfolio’)
  • During both years, you will also build up your independent research and critical skills by writing an Extended Essay then a longer Dissertation while continuing to receive intensive language training.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

As a minimum, applicants should normally hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications:

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any subject.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28560 GBP per year during 21 months.
  • National

    14140 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14140 GBP per year during 21 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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