The KRC is a welcoming and stimulating environment for the advanced study of the art and architecture of Muslim societies. By studying here, you will acquire a comprehensive introduction to this multi-disciplinary field through teaching by a team of leading specialists. All of our courses involve lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, and object-based sessions using the world-renowned collections of Islamic art and manuscripts at the Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library.
Language teaching in Arabic or Persian is also a core component of our two-year MPhil degree, in the course of which students are trained to reach a working level for research purposes. You will also be exposed to some of the latest developments in the field through our weekly research seminars with guest lecturers from the UK, Europe, and beyond.
The KRC is also a leading centre in the emerging field of Digital Humanities, and many of our research projects have focussed on the use of technology in academic research. Students at the centre will have the opportunity to build up their knowledge and technical abilities, and to work on developing applications to help with their own areas of interest and study.
Every year, we offer dedicated scholarships to a substantial number of our students: these have recently included Hamad Bin Khalifa Scholarships, I.M. Pei Scholarships and Wolfson-Marriott Scholarships. Further details about any scholarships that are available to provide financial assistance to our students are listed on the right of this page.
Qualified students wishing to pursue a research, curatorial or other career in Islamic art are encouraged to apply for our degrees. Further details on how to apply can be found here. Applicants who intend to conduct doctoral research are encouraged to discuss their proposed research with a member of the KRCʼs academic staff before applying. The courses offered at the KRC are detailed below.