Studying South and Inner Asia at Oxford

Gopuram (tower) entrance to Hindu temple, Varanasi

Gopuram (tower) entrance to
Hindu temple, Varanasi

The Faculty of Oriental Studies is home to a large and enthusiastic community of students and scholars working on the history, literatures, languages, politics, religions and cultures of South and Inner Asia. Our interests cover a very wide geographical range, from India and Pakistan to Sri Lanka, from the Himalayan regions of Tibet to Nepal, and range over time periods from the classical to the very modern. What we all share in common is the belief that the study of the histories, cultures and literatures of these regions are developed best through the medium of their own languages, modern vernacular as well as classical. We offer a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in these fields, which can be tailored to suit individual interests. A number of our courses are offered jointly with the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, giving our students opportunities for engagement with teachers and researchers across the University. For details, see MSc in Modern South Asian Studies and MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies.

Students in the Faculty benefit from excellent library resources, enthusiastic faculty, and above all a diverse community of committed fellow students. The Faculty is also home to a dynamic research culture focussed on South Asia, with a particular focus on the social and intellectual history, and the literatures of early modern and colonial India. With St Antony's College, the Faculty runs an annual Early Modern South Asia Workshop as part of the Oxford Early Modern South Asia Project. Faculty members are also involved in other collaborative research projects, including The Comparative History of Philology in Early Modern Asia Project.

Hindu ascetic in Hardwar.

The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine incorporates a South Asia dimension in its teaching and research. The Ashmolean Museum contains a wonderful collection of art and material culture from South and Inner Asia. The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the Khalili Research Centre, the Asian Studies Centre, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, independent centres affiliated to the university, focus on diverse aspects of the cultures of South Asia. The Faculty of Oriental Studies also hosts the Buddhist Studies Unit, headed by the Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, and will soon be offering undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of Buddhist Studies.