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Indian Studies

Scholars in Indian Studies are experts in Sanskrit and Indian religion and philosophy. Buddhism, ancient grammarians and the translation of works of Indology and Tibetology, are a few of the topics they have explored.

Currently they are focused on Cambridge University Library's South Asian manuscript collection, which includes the oldest dated and illustrated Sanskrit manuscript known worldwide. Scholars in Indian Studies are involved in the delicate and dedicated work of editing and digitizing this valuable record of ancient Sanskrit thought. As one of the lead researchers on this project, Dr Vincenzo Vergiani observed, "In a world that seems increasingly small, every artefact documenting the history of ancient civilisations has become part of a global heritage to be carefully preserved and studied."

Postgraduate opportunities in South Asian Studies

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies offers two programmes of graduate study in South Asian Studies: a one-year MPhil and a research PhD. We usually expect applicants to hold a high Second or a First class BA degree. Please also refer to the following webpage about the MPhil in South Asian Studies.

Indian Studies Research Group

All graduate students in South Asian Studies are attached to the Indian Studies Research Group. Further information about the Group's projects and activities is available on our Research pages.


Various funding options are available to graduate students in South Asian Studies. Further details are available in our Fees and Funding section.