Please note that options will change from time to time, and not all will be run every year.
As at September 2021, it is expected that the following options will run in the academic year 2021-22: Gender and Society in India c. 1800 to the present; Societies and Economies in India c. 1600-1800; The Economic Development of South Asia 1947 to the present; The International Relations of South Asia; History and Politics of South Asia; Trade and Exchange in South Asia: transcultural objects, relations and identities; South History of Colonial India 1800-1947; Education, State and Society in South Asia; and the Anthropology of South Asia; as well as most of the advanced language options (with the possible exception of Classical Hindi).
Students may alternatively apply to take an 'approved option' from elsewhere within the University, subject to the agreement of both the Modern South Asian Studies Teaching Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee of the hosting department. Such options may include: the Anthropology of Buddhism (run by SAME) or options run as part of OSGA's new MPhil in Global and Area Studies.
During the course of the year, you will select a topic for your 12,000-word thesis and receive expert supervision.
The MSc is jointly taught by staff within the social sciences and humanities, who will also assess your application. The application process is administered by the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).
Students on the course will experience a variety of teaching modes, including lectures, seminars, classes, student presentations, and small group teaching. Supervision for the thesis will be offered as a series of individual meetings between you and your thesis supervisor.
You will be required to gather relevant materials for your thesis during the course, usually by working in libraries and archives in the UK, but potentially also via fieldwork.
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and the thesis.
Please see the Course Handbook for 2021-22 below for more information. (Please note information in the handbook relates specifically to the year for which it was published and information may change in future years.)