Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
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.
The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers students the opportunity to take up a 2-4 week placement in India or with a London-based organisation during the course of their studies. This is an optional and self-funded opportunity.
Opportunities for placements fall within three broad areas: NGOs and development; business and economics; and media and journalism.
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.
Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must take the core module Contemporary India: Issues, Methods and Approaches (30 credits) and a further 90 credits are chosen from a list of approved optional modules.
In addition, students write a 10,000-word dissertation on Contemporary India. The dissertation will include the option of undertaking a 2-4 week internship during the summer months either arranged by students to be approved by the course director or through the Careers Office who have a database of organisations offering internship positions in India as well as the UK in terms of diaspora activities.
Anthropology and Sociology Department
Study of Religions
This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants
If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.
Teaching & Learning
- Students will be expected to comprehend key themes and debates related to societies in contemporary India;
- Students will be expected to acquire a good understanding of research methods and strategies relevant to the study of contemporary India;
- Students will acquire a firm understanding of interdisciplinary research and the range of possibilities to explore key themes methodologically.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
- Students will develop critical analytical skills in assessing evidence presented and in the presentation of knowledge through a range of sources;
- Students will learn how to scan, collect, and synthesise bodies of literature in order to represent knowledge production in an analytical way;
- Students will acquire skills in critical analysis of arguments and findings of research in relation to how theory and methods are applied;
- As part of the dissertation, students will learn how to conceptualise, design, plan, timetable, and consider the principles of fieldwork and research ethics.
Subject-based practical skills
- Students will be expected to develop effective communication skills of social science analysis;
- Students will develop interactive communication skills in discussing and presenting ideas introduced during seminars;
- Students will gain skills in specific research techniques through practice-based learning and case studies;
- Students will acquire skills in obtaining information from a range of sources including the media, digital sources, quantitative data sets, policy documents, and qualitative data.
- For those students opting to undertake a 2-4 week internship, they will gain first-hand experience of organisations either working in India or in the diaspora and an opportunity to reflect further through the analytical skills acquired.
- Students will acquire academic writing skills through planning, outlining and writing Master’s level essays and dissertations;
- Students will learn to structure and communicate ideas in both oral and written forms;
- Students will obtain skills of both independent learning as well as learning as part of a group;
- Students will be exposed to new, often innovative, ideas and concepts which will broaden their abilities to engage with contemporary issues in a responsive manner;
- Students will utilise and further develop various IT skills related to conducting research, including the production of small projects and the final large dissertation.
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Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.
This is a Band 1 tuition fee.
Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
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Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00
Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00
Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00
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