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Aga Khan University - Institute For The Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

London, United Kingdom
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Living cost RM 3,275 per month
Student population Small (1,000 or less)
International students Contact the university / college
Institution type Private

About Aga Khan University - Institute For The Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

The Institute seeks to provide a multifaceted approach to the study of Muslim peoples through a framework of world cultures, the humanities and social sciences. This approach is reflected in a Master’s programme and short courses and through research and publications.

The university is offering the short course for International students:

  • ISMC offers intellectually stimulating and inspiring short courses and public events which cover a range of topics for students, professionals and academics.
  • The Institute also offers customised programmes in partnership with other organisations, as well as a two-week summer programme with Simon Fraser University's Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures and Societies.

Campus information

Our Faculty are committed to producing research that is recognised throughout the world for its quality, relevance and influence. Faculty and institutional research projects are oriented around three major themes:

  • Understanding Processes of Change in Muslim Cultures and Societies
  • The Construction of Knowledge about Muslim Cultures and Societies
  • Governance in Muslim Contexts

Within these broad areas, the Institute facilitates and promotes research on a wide range of topics. Current research areas include: the changing role of law in Muslim societies; gender; development; late antiquity; art and architecture; bioethics and Muslims in Western contexts.

The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is based in London and is operated through the Aga Khan University (International) in the UK.


  • ISMC has an arrangement to accommodate students in Opal House, a hall of residence in North London. 
  • Each bedroom has a bed, desk, chair, clothes storage and an en-suite shower room/toilet. 
  • Each cluster of four to six bedrooms shares a living area with a shared kitchen and food storage facilities, dining table, chairs, sofa and a TV. 
  • Opal House also has relaxation rooms, bike storage, laundry facilities as well as a security presence.
  • The accommodation includes the cost of hot water, heating, electricity and shared TV in the living area. 
  • In the second year, subject to approval by the Director of ISMC, students may be allowed to live in independent accommodation. 


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