Distinguished research and graduate study of modern and contemporary South Asia

From Governor Generals to Freedom Fighters to Rhodes Scholars and everything in between, Oxford University has a rich history of engaging with the states and societies of South Asia, and with scholars and peoples from across the region. 

From 2008 to 2017 Oxford has run the multi-disciplinary MSc in Contemporary India. It was the first such degree in the world and included India-focused courses in Anthropology, Political Economy, Human Development, International Relations, Environment, Politics and Research Methods.

From 2017 onwards, scholars from across Oxford will be collaborating to launch two new degrees to further develop India/South Asia related teaching and research. Together the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and the Faculty of Oriental Studies will be offering a 12-month MSc in Modern South Asian Studies and a 21-month MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies

Students on each of these courses will have the opportunity to choose either the Contemporary India stream, or the Modern South Asia stream. Teaching will encompass scholars from both the Humanities and Social Science Divisions. The programmes will also host a number of distinguished research projects, organise seminars, and provide a base for visiting scholars.


South Asia Seminar: Defending British India Against Napoleon: The Foreign Policy of Governor-General Lord Minto (1807-13)

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Fellows' Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony's

The book launched at this event outlines the diplomatic and external policies of Gilbert Elliot, the first Earl of Minto, who held the office of Governor-General of Bengal from July 1807 to October 1813.

Aditya Das
Huw Bowen
Faisal Devji

‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ : Punjab Research Group Conference, 2016

Saturday, 29 October, 2016 -
09:00 to 17:00
The Haldane Room, Wolfson College

The Punjab Research Group has been hosting conferences at least twice a year since 1984, and was established as an inclusive and all- embracing forum for discussion and debate on issues pertaining to the East and West Punjab as well as the Punjabi diaspora.