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. The window for applications in the January round is now closed. The March deadline for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Friday 10 March.

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.

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Dr Janey Messina joins SIAS

We would like to announce that Dr Janey Messina recently joined us as Associate Professor in Social Science Research Methods.  Her teaching focus will be on social science research methods, teaching quantitative methods to students in both the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and the Scho


South Asia Seminar: A Dreadful Scourge: Comprehending Cholera in Early Nineteenth Century India

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Fellows' Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony's

In 1817-21, cholera spread out of its supposed 'home' in deltaic Bengal to much of the rest of India, marking the beginning of several pandemic waves which engulfed much of the world.

Mark Harrison