Faculty of PhilosophyCommunication, Literature and Media in Modern South Asian Languages – Master

The Master’s degree programme in Communication, Literature and Media in Modern South Asian languages explores the different languages, literatures and media discourses of the Indian subcontinent (texts, manuscripts, films, internet and audio sources).

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionEnglish and German
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes
International degree programYes

Course Content

The Department for Modern South Asian Languages takes a philological approach to the academic study of contemporary language use in South Asia. Alongside literature in the classical sense, research also considers original source materials which address religious, historical, and political aspects of this diverse cultural sphere. 

The Master’s degree programme in Modern South Asian Languages and Literature takes an academic approach to the subject and enables students to build a foundation for future, independent research. The standard period of study is four semesters, including completion of the Master's thesis. 

Further information about the degree programme can be found on the departmental website of the Department for South Asian Studies at the South Asian Institute. Students are advised to seek advice from the academic advisory service before or at the beginning of the degree programme.

It is possible to choose a minor in combination with this Master programme. For further information please refer to the Examination Rules and Regulations.

Course Structure

The core languages which can be studied as part of the degree programme include Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Tamil. In addition to these, a number of other South Asian languages are regularly taught.  

In order to undertake the degree programme, students must already be highly proficient in at least one of the languages taught at the Institute (Bengali, Hindi, Tamil or Urdu). Students study an additional language during the course, or develop their existing knowledge of a second language. 

Different main and literature-based seminars enable students to develop their own individual specialism, which may be reflected in the Master’s thesis. In consultation with the relevant academic advisor, students may also visit appropriate lectures and courses offered by other departments.