Graduate Courses in South and Inner Asian Studies

Humayun’s tomb, New Delhi

Humayun’s tomb, New Delhi

The Faculty of Oriental Studies offers a flexible range of taught Masters courses for South and Inner Asia. Some of these are offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and others are based solely in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. All share a commitment to the interdisciplinary study of South Asia's history, literatures and cultures, and to the provision of intensive language study for students who wish it. There are a wide range of language options available for graduate study, including AvestanBengaliBrajbhashaHindiPaliPersianPrakritSanskritTibetan, and Urdu.

The M.St. in Oriental Studies is a one-year taught course, based in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, in which students work closely with one or more nominated supervisors, and courses can be tailored very much to a student’s individual interests.

The M.Sc. in Modern South Asian Studies is a new one-year course, available for entry in 2017, offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.  Admission is through the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.  For details, see M.Sc. in Modern South Asian Studies 

The M.Phil. in Modern South Asian Studies is a new two-year course, available for entry in 2017, offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.  This course allows language study in greater depth, and a chance in the second year of the course to tackle a major dissertation project, where students may have the opportunity to use the language skills gained over the course of the first year.  Admission is through the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.  For details, see M.Phil. in Modern South Asian Studies 

The M.Phil in Classical Indian Religion and the M.Phil in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies are two year taught courses based in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. These also offer opportunities for intensive language study, for exploration of major themes in literature, history and culture, and for the development of a major dissertation over the course of the second year in which language skills can be put to use.

These courses may be taken in their own right, or as offering an excellent preparation for those students wishing to go on to doctoral work.

Oxford offers outstanding facilities for these courses. Students and staff in the Faculty of Oriental Studies work closely with other Faculties and Departments in the University where South Asia is studied. Students will be able to draw on Oxford’s wealth of archival, library and material culture collections. Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, classes and the small-group tutorials which are a distinctive feature of tuition in Oxford.