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South Asian Studies (Research)

MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (South Asian Studies)

This MPhil programme is a research only MPhil which students submit a 25,000 word dissertation for in mid-August.

The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (South Asian Studies) is a one-year programme designed to promote an understanding of the region’s rich and complex cultural, religious and intellectual histories through the extensive corpus of textual sources in Sanskrit. This MPhil programme offers an in-depth introduction to South Asia’s seminal textual sources, significant language skills to interpret and analyse such sources, an understanding of the relevant historiographical and theoretical issues, and methodology training. Students with an interest in Pali or Prakrit literary cultures can work on them under the guidance of academic staff.

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

The dissertation will be on a subject approved by the Degree Committee, and has a word limit of 25,000, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography. An oral examination on the thesis and on the general field in which it falls will be required.

We strongly encourage prospective applicants to discuss their particular interests with one of the potential supervisors before applying.

For more information about this course, please refer to the following webpage on the Faculty's website:


Applicants for the PhD will be expected to have scored at least 67% or above (or the equivalent from an overseas University) in their Master's degree which should be related to the PhD programme they wish to pursue. All applicants should submit with their GRADSAF (graduate application) a workable and interesting research proposal and demonstrate that they have the required academic knowledge and skills to carry out their project.

Admission is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each graduate applicant on his or her own merits and in accordance with its own set rules and regulations.

For further information about the course and on how to apply, please refer to the following webpage(s) on the Graduate Admissions website: