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Modern Indian Studies (M.A.)

For prospective India specialists: This English-language Master's degree programme unites perspectives from the humanities, the social sciences and economics. In addition to academic knowledge specific to India, you will acquire well-founded essential knowledge from Regional and Cultural Studies. This will be consolidated by a visit to India, integrated into the degree programme. Topics taught include social, cultural and economic phenomena of modern India. The programme is supported by the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).

Degree programme title: Modern Indian Studies
Final degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: four semesters
Starting semester: winter semester
Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in Indian Studies, in Indology or variuous social sciences and humanities or in economics or geography with a total of at least 50 credits (see below and
Application: Application for Master's degree programme by May 15th of each year
Lottery procedure: October 1st to October 5th
Language requirements: English (proof required)

Modern Indian Studies at CeMIS

The programme
The English-language master's degree programme in Modern Indian Studies provides in-depth specialized knowledge of the subject, the ability to work independently on subject specific and interdisciplinary research and to apply gained insights. The degree programme qualifies students for a successful career by provision of expertise, methodological and analytical skills and forms the basis for further studies in doctoral degree programs.

Subject focus
The teaching program at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) in Göttingen is distinguished by the fact that the humanities, social science and economic perspectives on the Indian subcontinent are tightly integrated with each other, whereby the focus is on the preoccupation with the contemporary problems of Indian political, social and economic factors. Development economists, anthropologists, historians, indologists, political scientists, religious scholars and geographers are actively involved in this interdisciplinary teaching project. In addition to India-specific knowledge of these subjects, a sound knowledge of regional studies, and optionally the knowledge required in many branches of specialization in Indian languages, is also provided.

Degree programme structure
Structure of study programme:
The Masters study programme Modern Indian Studies is a highly interdisciplinary study programme. Students choose courses in so-called modules of diverse topics, such as: Diversity and Inequality, Metamorphoses of the Political, Capitalism and Social Transformation in Modern India, Religions in modern India, and/or Media and the Public Sphere.
Students learn a modern Indian language during their studies. They have the possibility to study one semester at a university in India or at a university abroad with an academic focus on India.

Fields of work
The Master's degree programme in Modern Indian Studies qualifies students for jobs with Indian and transnational companies, development organisations, associations, government departments and agencies, non-government organisations, in tourism as well as in media and communications. In addition, the course also prepares the student for a career in research and teaching.

Subject-specific achievements required for admission
Please verify that one of the following subject-specific achievements of at least 50 ECTS is attained: Achievements in Anglistics, Development Studies, Geography, History, Gender- or Diversity Studies, Indian Studies, Indology, Islam Studies, Ethnology or Cultural Anthropology, Media Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social and Economic History, Sociology or Economics.

Language requirements
Besides proficient skills in English (proof required), knowledge of a modern Indian language is recommended, but may also be acquired during the course of study. Courses in a modern Indian language are a compulsory part of the degree program, except for native speakers of a modern Indian language.