M.A. South Asian Studies

Starting from winter term 2011/2012 the South Asia Institute offers a multi- and interdisciplinary Masters of Arts programme in South Asian Studies. We provide a variety of courses from seven disciplines, which can be combined to your personal interests and needs.

The following modules are offered and can be combined for your specific needs:

  • Development Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • History of South Asia
  • Art History and Visual Culture of South Asia
  • Political Science of South Asia.

Supplement your disciplinary focus with intensive or advanced language courses (available as minor programmes).

As courses are offered in German and English, the study programme is open to people from around the world.
The South Asia Institute offers a regular teaching of eleven South Asian languages, from beginners to advanced level. The following languages are taught: classical Tibetan, colloquial Tibetan, Bengali, Dari, Hindi, Nepali, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, and Urdu.
If you are interested to learn or continue with one of the above listed languages you can combine MASAS with a minor in "Cultural and Religious History of South Asia" or "Communication, Literature, and Media in modern South Asia languages".

General information

South Asian Studies is a two-year Master of Arts study programme with 120 credit points, in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System. The programme is structured into core modules, supplementary modules, and the thesis and exam module. A core module provides you with in-depth knowledge in the chosen discipline. For each core module you need to acquire 36 credit points from courses during the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, you will write your thesis in the discipline which you chose as your first core module. A supplementary module consists of courses with together 18 credit points. If you are interested in learning a South Asian language either from the start or to continue at an advanced level, then you can chose one language as a supplementary module. We offer regular teaching of eleven South Asian languages from beginners to advanced level. Your major in South Asian Studies can also be combined with another minor at Heidelberg University.

Admission

Detailed information about the admission process can be found here.

Module overview & program structure

S.
1 core
module 1
36 LP
core
module 2
36 LP
scientific working
techniques
18 LP
2
3
4 thesis and exam module
30 LP
S.
1 core
module 1
36 LP
supplement. module
1
18 LP
supplement. module
2
18 LP
scientific working
techniques
18 LP
2
3
4 thesis and exam module
30 LP
S.
1 core
module 1
36 LP
supplement. module
18 LP
scientific working
techniques
16 LP
minor subject
20 LP
2
3
4 thesis and exam module
30 LP

Module handbook

Current module handbook (german only)