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Health and Society in South Asia

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Health and Society in South Asia degree programme from Heidelberg University is a combination of Medical Anthropology and regional studies, with a focus on South Asia. 


The Health and Society in South Asia degree programme from Heidelberg University is a two-year degree that focuses on Medical Anthropology and South Asian Studies. It is integrated within and taught at Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute, one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary research and teaching on South Asia. This allows students to integrate South Asian languages, geography, politics, etc. into their curriculum. Students are trained in the theory and methods of Medical Anthropology while also attending courses in South Asian Studies and South Asian languages, allowing them to obtain broader knowledge of the region.


The Master’s degree programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a health-related career in South Asia, as well as for those who plan to go on to doctoral studies in Anthropology or related disciplines. Graduates of the programme find professional positions in such areas as:

  • The development and humanitarian sectors, especially, though not exclusively, in South Asian countries
  • Medicine-related fields (e.g. as hospital director, consultant for NGOs)
  • PhD studies in Anthropology or Public Health
  • Academic careers in Anthropology and related disciplines

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mental Health
  • Ritual Healing
  • Reproductive Health
  • Anthropology of the Body
  • Development and Public Health
  • Globalization and Medicine
  • Medical History of South Asia
  • South Asian Knowledge Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Certificate of the undergraduate degree programme
  • Certificate of enrolment from the most-recently attended university
  • Students applying for a transfer or change of institution from a non-German university must also submit: a certificate of transferable grades from the relevant subject area
  • Proof of sufficient financing for completion of the course of study. This does not apply for applications from EU/EEA member states and applicants with a German university entrance qualification

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA- Fees and contributions: 171.80 € / Semester

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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