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Indology (M.A.)

NOTE: This degree programme is being phased out. Last chance for exame in winter term 2024/25 (for students in hardship situations in winter term 2025/26).

Programme: Indology (M.A.)
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Degree programme options: Joint Honours MA in Indology (42 C); module packages: Indology as MA minor subject (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Joint Honours MA: Overview
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)

Language of the programme: German

Programme description:
Students of the M.A. subject Indology will become proficient in independent academic work as well as the identification and solution of academic problems.
During the B.A. academic programme students studied religion in a wide historical context from its beginnings to the present day. In this course of studies, this background will be built upon by providing deeper knowledge of important individual aspects of Indian religions in their historical, societal, cultural and literary contexts. Detailed knowledge will be added regarding Hindu and Buddhist traditions and the intellectual history of India. Students will also gain a comprehensive overview of certain areas of the performing and visual arts as well as of Indian literature. Due to an increase in their previously acquired knowledge of Sanskrit or Hindi, M.A. students will also become proficient in work on and with difficult primary texts.

Research foci in Göttingen:
The investigation of religions and literature from the Indian subcontinent on the basis of work on and with original texts.

Subject combinations:
In the Master's degree programme, Indology can be combined with all subjects which are involved in this type of Master's programme. Depending upon the intended future area of activity, a corresponding combination of subjects should be selected.

Occupational fields:
The M.A. academic programme in Indology serves as an academic qualification for occupational fields in and outside universities. Occupational fields can be found at universities and, with the relevant additional qualifications (internships, subject combinations), in museums, libraries and cultural establishments as well as in publishing, journalism and tourism and also work with migrants. To this end, combinations of Indology with other philological and general courses of study, such as Religious Studies, Ethnology and European Ethnology/Cultural Anthropology, are available. In the case of a second subject such as Medicine, Modern Indian Studies, Law or Economics, new possibilities are emerging in the fields of medicine and diplomacy as well as free enterprise and politics.