Taught course

Contemporary India Studies

SOAS University of London · Department of Languages and Cultures of South Asia

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers a critical, cutting edge study of present day India. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides analytical training.

Students have the opportunity to choose to study contemporary India topics, issues and challenges in the following subjects: anthropology, cinema, culture, development studies, history, law, literature, politics, study of religions and languages.

The MSc Contemporary India Studies programme:

  • introduces students to recent topics, methods and debates in the study of India
  • prepares students at an advanced level to pursue research interests
  • allows students to opt in for language training in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Panjabi and Urdu

The MSc Contemporary India Studies is based in the South Asia Institute which has an active schedule of events and seminars throughout the year and attracts renowned speakers and scholars not only from India but also internationally.

Internship opportunity

The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers students the opportunity to go on a 2-4 week work placement to India during the course of their studies, with placements provided through SOAS’ vibrant alumni network and the Careers Office.

Opportunities for placements fall within three broad areas: NGOs and development; business and economics; and media and journalism. They are arranged through the Careers Office and administered by the South Asia Institute.

The MSc Contemporary India Studies is designed to appeal to those interested in understanding current events and developments in India and who want to gain a deeper understanding for academic or commercial purposes such as business, industry, government departments or NGOs.

Information for international students

Information, including English Language requirements, can be found on our website at https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/international/.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for further information on funding: https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700