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South Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

About the programme

The one-year master in South Asian Studies, a specialisation of Leiden University’s master in Asian Studies, offers a large and varied selection of subjects and the freedom to choose the areas on which you will focus.

The curriculum of this master's programme consists of compulsory core courses, electives, a research seminar and an MA thesis.

The first semester consists of the core courses Introduction to Asian Studies and Thesis and Methods Class which are compulsory for all students of the MA Asian Studies. In addition to a core course on South Asia, you will take one or two courses of your own choice. These electives introduce the issues, debates and methodologies of a discipline with a regional focus on one of the countries or regions of Asia. During this semester, you will also participate in a thesis research seminar linked to the South Asia core course.

If you start in February you will take the Thesis and Methods Classes in your first semester and Introduction to Asian Studies in your second semester (September – December).

In your second semester you will again take one or two electives of a minimum of 15 EC, or fulfill this partially by an internship, and write your MA-Thesis (15 EC).

You have the option of taking a intensive language courses in Sanskrit, Tibetan, or Hindi. This course is taken instead of one elective in both the first and second semesters. 

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus.

Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

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