Bursary Award Announcement

The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS) Scholarships have been established to provide financial assistance to students on Royal Holloway’s MA in Islamic and West Asian Studies. Based in the Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, the degree provides you with an understanding of the history and contemporary politics of Islam and West Asia and introduces you to a unique approach to exploring issues of contemporary significance.

The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, and is available as a tuition fee reduction of up to £2,000

Applicants for these bursaries must by 15 June 2020, do the following:




‘Studying at CIWAS equipped me with the research skills and academic rigour necessary to pursue further studies. In addition to independent research there was a focus on personal and academic development which encouraged me to present conference papers on my work’.
Mahdiyah Abdul Hussein
MRes Class of 2017
‘The experience of undertaking the programme allowed me to delve into an area of British Islam that I found exceptionally interesting. I would very much recommend CIWAS research programme to anyone considering going on to a PhD’.
Misha Monaghan
CIWAS MRes Class of 2017
‘My advisors helped me navigate, improve, and refine my research. I recommend CIWAS programmes to anyone interested in West Asian and Islamic Studies, especially those looking to research the understudied field of Shi’ism. This programme has opened up a lot of opportunities for me to work in the future’.
Mohammad Jassem
CIWAS MRes Class of 2017


The applications for 2019/2020 are now open and will close in September. Those interested are advised to apply as soon as possible. 

Prospective students should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject area such as history, politics, international relations, law, or religious studies.

Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘high 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.

Professionals with relevant work expertise related to Islamic and West Asian communities are also encouraged to apply for this programme.

Yes, we pride ourselves on having students from across the globe and welcome applicants from all over. 

There are country – specific requirements present, please refer to the Royal Holloway website for more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country.

All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.

Yes, the Centre for Islamic and West Asian studies is able to support visa applications for our students. 


Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9200

International students tuition fee per year**: £16400

These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees.