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MPhil South Asian Studies (Research)

MPhil South Asian Studies (By Research)


The MPhil South Asian Studies is only offered in research form (there is no alternative taught course), however MPhil students attend a weekly graduate seminar and other reading groups with PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. The course aims to give students an opportunity to develop their analytical, research and writing skills in preparation for further academic research or as a way to complement and enrich their interest in the Indian religious and intellectual traditions.

Before applying to this course, it is essential that you consult with a potential supervisor. A list of our academics, with brief biographies designed to give you an idea of their research interests, can be found here.

Language Requirements

The programme is appropriate for students who have already had some previous training in Sanskrit (and, where appropriate, in Pali or Prakrit). 

Please see the Entry Requirements page for English language requirements. 

Assessment Structure

The MPhil South Asian Studies (by research) is assessed by a thesis on a topic approved by the degree committee, which is subject to a 25,000-word limit (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography). Students will also be required to sit a viva (oral examination) on their thesis and the general field in which it falls. 

To apply see the University Admissions pages