Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Basic Information
  • Begins in winter term
  • Duration: 4 Semester
  • Credit Points:
  • M.A. 75% 100 CP
  • M.A. 25%: 20 CP
Course Guidance
  • Anand Mishra, M.A.
  • Contact hours:
  • Tues. 02:00-04:00 p.m.
  • (and also by arrangement)
  • South Asia Institute, Room 305
  • (Email:)  E-Mail

M.A. Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology)

The M.A. Programme is designed to facilitate a focussed study of the Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology) together with a dedicated training in the philological and ethno-indological approaches for further research purposes.

Good knowledge of Sanskrit, English and a University degree of B.A. or equivalent is a prerequisite for admission.

The entire duration of M.A. is 4 semester (2 years) beginning every year in Wintersemester. The whole programme is equally balanced towards deepening the competence in critically analyzing and interpreting Sanskrit texts and to investigate into the research questions in the field of social and cultural history as well as indigenous knowledge and philosophy of South Asia. Further, a special module on manuscriptology, paleography and documentation aims towards the necessary grasp of these vital sources.

Simultaneously a second language, reflecting the local traditions, is also learned to complement the Sanskrit sources. One also gets the opportunity to participate in the ongoing research projects and analyze and present research results in colloquia.

Finally, a Master Thesis on a topic chosen from one of the relevant themes is submitted which allows one an ample opportunity to engage in the respective research area in a full fledged manner.

After completion of the M.A. Programme a student can either head towards an academic career and choose for research leading to doctoral thesis or pursue other associated openings.

(Email:)   Editor, Advisor,
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330, D-69120 Heidelberg
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