The courses offered at the Khalili Research Centre are for graduates wishing to conduct research in the history of Islamic art and architecture, and in Islamic archaeology, from circa 600 to circa 1900. The KRC does not normally offer supervision for those wishing to pursue topics in modern or contemporary art and architecture, nor for practictioners of the Islamic arts or architecture. (For details of undergraduate courses taught in the KRC, and for undergraduate admissions, please see here.)


All graduate courses at the KRC are taught and examined under the aegis of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. A handbook containing general information for all graduate students in the Faculty of Oriental Studies may be downloaded here.

There are three main graduate courses in Islamic art, architecture and archaeology:

1. Master of Studies (M.St.) in Islamic Art and Archaeology

A one-year taught degree designed for students new to Islamic art and archaeology, who already have a good first degree in Arabic, Persian or Ottoman Turkish and a sound knowledge of Islamic history. The M.St. in IAA serves primarily as a preliminary foundation for doctoral research but is also a stand-alone qualification in Islamic art, architecture and archaeology.

See here for further information

2. Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Islamic Art and Archaeology

A two-year taught degree, including: language instruction in Arabic, Persian or Ottoman Turkish; a broad introduction to the history of Islamic art and architecture; practical training in research techniques and the study of artifacts and buildings; and a strong research element. The M.Phil. in IAA serves as either a stand-alone qualification or an excellent foundation for doctoral research.

See here for further information

3. Doctoral research in Islamic Art and Archaeology (D.Phil. in Oriental Studies)

Applicants for the D.Phil. should have a good first degree, a Master's qualification in Islamic art, architecture or archaeology, and be proficient in Arabic, Persian or Ottoman Turkish. The D.Phil. requires three or four years of full-time study. The first stage in applying to conduct doctoral research is to visit the KRC staff page — here — to identify a possible supervisor from amongst the permanent members of faculty staff whose research interests most closely coincide with your own. Applicants may write to the proposed supervisor at any time, but ideally they will do so at least two months in advance of the main Oxford application deadline, which usually falls towards the end of January of the year in which they are seeking admission. If applicants are unsure to whom to write, they should first contact the KRC Administrator:


The KRC does not accept applications directly, and all applicants should apply through the University's regular application and admissions procedure: here.

Applicants who intend to conduct doctoral research, either after completing one of our Master's degrees or not, are encouraged to discuss their proposed research with a member of the KRC's academic staff before applying, and should first contact the KRC Administrator:

Applicants to Oxford must apply both to the Faculty of Oriental Studies and to a college. Please see general advice on choosing a college. However, we recommend prospective students in Islamic art and archaeology choose one of the two colleges that have KRC staff amongst their fellows: St Cross College and Wolfson College.


Oxford Wolfson Marriott & I.M.Pei Graduate Scholarship in Islamic Art and Architecture

The Khalili Research Centre is offering jointly with Wolfson College a fully-funded graduate scholarship at the University of Oxford from the beginning of the academic year 2018-2019 for a student undertaking either doctoral research or a combined four-year programme consisting of a Master's course continuing on to a D.Phil. The Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential. The Scholarship will cover their full costs including the University composition fee, the College fee, and maintenance costs at the current UK Research Council rate. The successful scholar will become a member of Wolfson College and be offered a room in College accommodation (at the current rent) for the first year of their course (see Accommodation). Applicants should first consult the Further Particulars that may be consulted and downloaded here. Applicants, whether internal or external, should apply to the University under the standard procedures for graduate degrees. The University's application procedures are described at Applications should normally be made on-line ( before 19 January 2018

The Barakat Trust Junior Graduate Scholarship

The Barakat Trust, a UK registered charity which provides financial support for the study and research of the material and visual cultures of Islamic societies, generously provides a scholarship which covers one year's fees for a Muslim student accepted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies to read for the M.St. or M.Phil. in Islamic Art and Archaeology in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Renewal of the scholarship for the second year of the M.Phil. may be granted to candidates who perform well in the qualifying examination, but the grant may not be extended to cover doctoral studies. Applicants should apply to the Barakat Trust in the early spring of the year in which they are seeking admission to the M.St. or M.Phil. Further details of the application process are available here.