Modern Indian Studies

University of Göttingen

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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This English-language Master's degree programme in Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen unites perspectives from the humanities, the social sciences and economics. In addition to academic knowledge specific to India, you will acquire well-founded essential knowledge from Regional and Cultural Studies. 


This will be consolidated by a visit to India, integrated into the degree programme. Topics taught include social, cultural and economic phenomena of modern India. The programme is supported by the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).

    Subject focus
    The master's programme in Modern Indian Studies is designed to offer students a great deal of flexibility, allowing them to develop and pursue their own interests within the categories mentioned above. As such, students are able to develop their own thematic focus and specific profile. Aside from the two-semester introductory course, Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern India (18 ECTS), students are free to elect which courses they take, and in discussion with their supervisor, the theoretical and analytical focus of their thesis. Students also learn a modern Indian language. 

        Fields of work

        Those who have successfully completed a M.A. in Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen are qualified to work in Indian or transnational enterprises, in development cooperation, in associations, in administration and in government agencies, in NGOs, the tourism sector, as well as in media and communications. They may also choose to pursue an academic career in research and teaching. The Masters Programme serves as a qualification to enter a doctoral programme.

Programme Structure

    Courses include:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research: The Story Behind the Numbers
  • Inherited Inequality
  • Anthropology of Inequality

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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in Indian Studies, in Indology or any other social, economic, or humanistic science, including geography with a total of at least 50 credits
  • Language requirements: English (proof required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Semester contribution fee: 355 euro


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Modern Indian Studies
University of Göttingen


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