MSt On Campus

Islamic Art and Architecture

University of Oxford

9 months
28560 GBP/year
18740 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSt in Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Oxford is a one-year degree that aims to provide tailor-made courses in order to train you for research on the history of Islamic art and architecture (to circa 1900).


About this Degree

Before admission to this Islamic Art and Architecture course at the University of Oxford, you will have demonstrated that you possess the necessary qualifications in Arabic or Persian or Ottoman Turkish to use primary sources in the original language for the study of Islamic art. 

You will be expected to attend tutorials, classes, lectures and seminars regularly, and tutors will give you regular assignments of written work. 

You will have a supervisor 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 your supervisor for detailed discussions on your progress.

Programme Structure

The final examination is taken at the end of the course and consists of four elements:

  • The first is a thesis of between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length
  • The second element is either a portfolio or a report or reports on practical work completed on an object or objects that will form part of a proposed thesis for the MLitt or the DPhil.

The third and fourth elements consist of any one of the three options below:

  • two examination papers, which may be any combination of language and non-language papers (a year-long survey course on Islamic art is among the available options)
  • two essays of 5,000 to 7,000 words each

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 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 a course with a substantial component of either Islamic studies, Islamic history, Middle Eastern history, or anthropology of the Middle East, or language and language-related degrees in Arabic, Persian or Ottoman Turkish.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.
Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience
  • You should also have a sound knowledge of Islamic history.
  • Applicants are only admitted to the MSt in Islamic Art and Architecture if they can demonstrate, through their academic record and the written work and references supplied with their application, both the intention and the clear potential to progress to a research degree.
  • Publications are not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28560 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    18740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18740 GBP per year during 9 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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