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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
Lottery procedure: October 1st to October 5th
Language requirements: English (proof required)

Modern Indian Studies at CeMIS

The programme
The teaching programme and research at CeMIS is organized into several broad, interdisciplinary categories:

  • Metamorphoses of the Political
  • Religion
  • Inequality and Diversity
  • Labour and Capital in Modern India
  • Media and Public Spheres
  • Development Economics of India
  • To find out more download Flyer - MA programme.
    For a list of previously offered courses click here

    Subject focus
    The master's programme is designed to offer students a great deal of flexibility, allowing them to develop and pursue their own interests within the categories mentioned above. As such, students are able to develop their own thematic focus and specific profile. Aside from the two-semester introductory course, Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern India (18 ECTS), students are free to elect which courses they take, and in discussion with their supervisor, the theoretical and analytical focus of their thesis. Students also learn a modern Indian language.

    Degree programme structure
    The M.A. in Modern Indian Studies is a single major, four-semester programme. As this is an international study programme attracting students from around the world, all courses are conducted in English. To obtain a master degree, students must complete 120 credits (78 in the core subject, 12 in the Professionalization courses, and 30 for the MA thesis). Further information can be found in the right-hand column under Programme Structure.

    Fields of work
    Those who have successfully completed a M.A. in Modern Indian Studies are qualified to work in Indian or transnational enterprises, in development cooperation, in associations, in administration and in government agencies, in NGOs, the tourism sector, as well as in media and communications. They may also choose to pursue an academic career in research and teaching. The Masters Programme serves as a qualification to enter a doctoral programme.

    Semester abroad (optional)
    Students have the option of studying one semester at one of our partner universities in India or at another university of their own choice. Our partner universities are:
    • School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
    • Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata
    • University of Delhi
    • Savitribai Phule Pune University
    CeMIS works together closely with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other funding institutions in order to assist students in securing financial support for a semester abroad.

    Subject-specific achievements required for admission
    Sufficient credits (at least 50 ECTS) in a related field: 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
    Proof of proficiency in English is required. Applicants who are not native English speakers will need to prove sufficient knowledge of English by submitting a certificate stating that they have passed an internationally recognised test (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate, IELTS, UNIcert level »III«, CEF level C1), unless they can claim an exemption. Courses in a modern Indian language are a compulsory part of the degree program, except for native speakers of a modern Indian language (application for exemption necessary).German language skills are not required for this study programme. However, international students interested in learning or improving their German can attend courses provided by the university. Credits from these courses can go towards the Master within the professionalisation part of the study programme.