Why study for the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at Cambridge?
Because The Complete University Guide has ranked us as the top university in Britain (in South and South-East Asian Studies) for the ninth year running.
Because at at its heart is our Centre’s brilliant library and archive with 24-hour access for our students.
Because our friendly team of staff, 3 of whom have clocked up over 60 years at the Centre between them, are here to help you.
Because classes are small (the average class size is 12) giving you individual attention and making sure that you soon feel part of the Centre’s family.
Apply now for 2018-19! If you are considering applying for 2019-20 why not register for the Postgraduate Open Day, which will be on 2 November? The day is open to all those seeking to apply for postgraduate study at the University and will provide opportunities to meet department staff, explore the Colleges and find out more about the application process, research proposals and funding opportunities.
If you wish to enhance your understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic history and current condition of South Asia to prepare yourself for a variety of careers, or if you want to go on to pursue further research, this is the course for you.
This interdisciplinary course covers South Asia from the early modern period to the present. The geographic areas studied are the modern states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It provides a structured introduction to key debates in South Asian history, development economics, politics and sociology through a variety of intensive courses.
The MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies is a postgraduate course with a substantial research component, which runs for nine months covering the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent and Easter) of the Cambridge Academical Year.
This is an inter-disciplinary course. Teaching and learning take place in the Centre of South Asian Studies. Teaching is provided by scholars from various faculties and departments of humanities and social science across Cambridge. The degree is conferred by the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences.
The MPhil aims to introduce you to the latest research topics, methods and debates in South Asian studies at an advanced level. It provides training in the use of print, manuscript and other sources relevant to South Asian studies.
South Asian languages and literature are an essential component of this course. You will be expected to study at least one South Asian language. Training in Hindi and Urdu are offered in preparation for the three-hour written examination and the oral examination.
A freestanding postgraduate degree in its own right, the training you will receive will also prepare you to go on to further study if you wish to pursue an academic career. While you are carrying out your research for your MPhil, you will be involved in various tasks that help you to develop a wider range of skills that will be useful to you as you progress through your career to more senior positions. Many of these skills will be useful to you, whether you choose to stay in academia or pursue a career outside research.
You will receive close supervision whilst undertaking an original research project as you complete your final dissertation.
The Centre’s Librarian and Archivist will provide training in the advanced use of library and archival facilities and the appropriate use of electronic databases for the location, identification and evaluation of source materials.
Further information about the course, how to apply, assessment and frequently asked questions can be found in links at the foot of this page.
What our students said about the MPhil in 2016-17:
‘This is the fourth academic department of which I have been a member, and it is much the best! It is very friendly, and there is a genuine sense of enthusiasm and love for the study of South Asia. Various departmental events and seminars also add a great deal to the departmental life.’
”The language course was excellent. The right amount of contact hours, and Mr Kumar is an outstanding teacher.’
The core course introduced a wide range of topics and readings on the history, culture and politics in South Asia. There was a balanced mix of lectures and presentations in class – it enabled students to better their public speaking skills while critically engaging with the readings.’
‘The Centre has been a home this year and it is exactly the space needed to make work happen in such a short time.’