South Asian Studies
|Degree||Master of Arts|
|Course commences||winter semester / summer semester|
|Course duration||4 semesters|
|Format options||full-time / part-time|
|Languages of instruction||English, German|
|Other features||post-graduate, consecutive|
The interdisciplinary M.A. course in South Asian Studies offers a broad choice of classes catering for people with a wide variety of academic profiles. Geographers and economists, art historians and anthropologists, political scientists and historians all stand to benefit from this course, which is taught at the South Asia Institute (SAI) of Heidelberg University.
The course represents in nuce Heidelberg University’s very considerable expertise on the subject of South Asia. The following modules are offered and can be combined for your specific needs:
- Development Economics
- 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".
While offering a wide array of subject combinations, the M.A. course attaches great importance to thorough grounding in a special subject of the student’s choice. This specialisation prepares the ground for later doctoral work on the same topic. The M.A. programme takes 4 semesters and adds up to a total of 120 ECTS credit points. The special subject module selected by the student plus the examination module (30 CP) that goes with it account for 66 of the total CP required and is given special mention on the M.A. degree certificate. The standard four-semester duration of the course encompasses the M.A. examinations and the time required for the M.A. thesis. Taught classes extend over three semesters, the fourth semester is earmarked for the oral examinations and completion of the thesis. South Asian Studies can be study as:
- Major (120 ECTS)
- Major (100 ECTS) in combination with a minor (20 ECTS)
- Minor (20 ECTS) (Click here for a complete list of all subsidiary subjects on offer.)
The course is access-restricted and admission-restricted. Please consult the Application Regulations available here.
Prospective students from Germany
Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the South Asia Institute for further information on how to proceed.
International prospective students
Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form available here and enclose the necessary documents.
Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.
Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.
The people to contact are listed with their office hours on the website of the South Asia Institute.
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330, Office 224
D- 69120 Heidelberg
Mondays 10 - 11 am, Wednesdays 2 - 4 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221 544313
fax: +49 (0)6221 544998
Student representation at SAI: http://fachschaftsai.wordpress.com/