Modern Indian Studies Modern Indian Studies
University of Göttingen • Göttingen
- Master of Arts
- Teaching language
- Programme duration
- 4 semesters
- Winter semester
- Application deadline
15 May for the coming winter semester
- Tuition fees per semester in EUR
- Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
- Joint degree / double degree programme
The Master in Modern Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary programme focusing on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in modern India. This study programme addresses a number of key questions about modern India: How does India's cultural and religious diversity affect societal developments? How does the democratic system address issues of social inequality? How can the dynamics of economic development in a pluralistic society be understood? Looking for answers to profound questions such as these requires an interdisciplinary approach. As such, researchers teaching at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) come from a wide range of academic backgrounds including development economics, anthropology, history, Indology, political science, religious studies, and sociology.
The teaching programme and research at CeMIS is organised into six broad, interdisciplinary categories:
- Metamorphoses of the Political
These courses focus on developments in the political arena in modern India such as changes in political structures, practices, and concepts. There are a number of key questions: How is the Indian political system built? How are democracy and development, nationalism, and ethnic conflicts entwined? What is the role of political parties and social movements in modern India?
These courses focus on religion and empire, transregional religious networks, interreligious relations, and religious minorities. Other topics include practices of marginalisation, secularism, inequality, and forms of democratic practice as well as inter-religious conflicts and the resulting popular discourses and public interventions. Students learn how to analyse the religions in South Asia through contemporary empirical works on lived religion in everyday life and through historical studies on the transformation of religious practice and related ideological formations since the late 18th century.
- Inequality and Diversity
Students learn to analyse the social and state mechanisms which maintain and regulate India's inequitable political economies and its culturally and socially diverse population. Courses focus on issues such as inequalities of income, wealth and health, as well as their relations to other forms of social difference such as gender, caste, and religion.
- Labour and Capital in Modern India
Students deal with processes of socio-economic transformation in modern India from an interdisciplinary perspective. How has work historically been organised in India, and how is it changing today? What has led to these changes? Which financial, manufacturing, and agricultural structures, etc., operate in modern India? How is globalisation affecting the Indian economy?
- Media and Public Spheres
Mediascapes are developing in relation to social, political, religious, and economic transformations in modern India. Students investigate the influence of and changes in the media and public spheres, looking not only at political and societal discourses, but also at religion, advertising, and entertainment. Studying these spheres also allows a close look at global developments in modern Indian.
Development Economics of India
These courses focus on the main issues of development economics in relation to India and the history and processes of economic development in modern India. The following aspects are of particular interest: relations of inequality, poverty and power; ways of fighting poverty; current policy debates about the Indian economy; the main concepts of public health as a field and the critical links between global health and economic development.
- Course organisation
The English language Master's programme in Modern Indian Studies is a single major, four-semester programme. As an international programme, it attracts students from around the world. To obtain a Master's degree, students must complete 120 credits, including a Master's thesis (30 credits).
The Master's programme is designed to offer students a great deal of flexibility, allowing them to develop and pursue their own interests and thematic focus within the six interdisciplinary categories. Aside from the two-semester introductory course Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern India (18 ECTS), students are free to elect which courses they take and to choose the theoretical and analytical focus of their thesis. Furthermore, students are to take courses in a modern Indian language (12 ECTS). Native speakers of (an) Indian language(s) can apply for an exemption.
German language skills are not required for this study programme. However, international students interested in learning or improving their German can attend courses provided by the university. Up to 12 ECTS can go towards the Master's degree through the "Professionalisation" area (see diagram).
We welcome international students who have:
- a motivation and willingness to engage academically with different social, cultural, economic, and political contexts
- an interest in modern India
- an interest in interdisciplinary methods and theories
- a good knowledge of English
- an interest in engaging with the academic life at CeMIS
- Types of assessment
Types of assesment include essays, papers, presentations, written and oral exams, and learning portfolios.
- A Diploma supplement will be issued
- International elements
- Integrated study abroad unit(s)
- Language training provided
- Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
- International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
- Content-related regional focus
- Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Students have the option of a study semester at one our partner universities in India or at another university of their choice. Our partner universities are:
- School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi)
- Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, Kolkata (CSSSC)
- University of Delhi
- University of Pune
CeMIS assists students in securing financial support for the semester abroad.
- Course-specific, integrated German language courses
- Course-specific, integrated English language courses
- Tuition fees per semester in EUR
- Semester contribution
- Enrolment fees are approx. 340 EUR per semester. The fees include a prepaid semester ticket that entitles students to use regional trains (in Lower Saxony and Bremen) and city buses in Göttingen free of charge. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens. See: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/fee
- Costs of living
- The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books are approx. 800 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.
- Funding opportunities within the university
- Academic Admission Requirements
Proof of proficiency in English is required (see details below).
Sufficient credits (at least 50 ECTS) in a related field are required. Related fields are development studies, geography, history, gender or diversity studies, Indian studies, Indology, Islam studies, ethnology or cultural anthropology, media studies, political science, religious studies, social and economic history, sociology or economics.
German language skills are not required for this study programme.
- Language requirements
Candidates with a native language other than English must prove sufficient knowledge in English by minimum achievements in an internationally recognised test. The successful passing of the test must not date back longer than three years prior to receipt of the application for enrolment and admission to the Master’s degree programme. One of these requirements is to be met:
a) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
b) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
c) “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS), minimum level “Band 6”
d) a minimum of 550 points in the paper-based “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL),
e) a minimum of 220 points in the computer-based TOEFL
f) a minimum of 83 points in the Internet-based TOEFL
g) UNIcert, level III
h) C1 certificate according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
Candidates who have completed at least one year of study or gainful employment in an English-speaking country in the last four years prior to receipt of the application for admission are exempt from providing evidence of having passed a test.
Evidence of sufficient knowledge in English must be submitted to the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences by 30 September at the latest. This evidence is a prerequisite to matriculate for the course – conditional enrolment is not possible.
- Application deadline
15 May for the coming winter semester
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- Possibility of finding part-time employment
The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or work contract.
Göttingen offers a range of accommodation options from shared flats and single apartments to student residences.
At the University of Göttingen, the International Office and student services ("Studentenwerk") help students to find accommodation. Many international students live in student residence halls that have single or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and families with children.
- Career advisory service
- Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
- Welcome event
- Buddy programme
- Specialist counselling
- Pick-up service
- Supervisor-student ratio
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