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first year

The MA programme is made up of the following main elements (all of which are worth 10 ECTS credits, unless stated otherwise):

  • Tutorial – Intensive study of primary source material

  • Pensum – Guided reading of primary/secondary literature assigned by the teaching staff (this Pensum may be replaced by a second tutorial within the department)

  • Option – This is a free option. You can choose to direct your study in-line with your particular interests. Examples include following a master class taught in the M.Phil programme, practical training or spending time on thesis preparation

  • Thesis [20 ECTS]

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
History, Theory, Nation: Readings from the South 10
Sharing the tales of the Buddha: narrative art in Asia 10

More info

Students specialising in Sanskrit are offered the chance to broaden and deepen their
experience with Sanskrit literature by focusing on a number of texts selected from among
those genres which play the most prominent part in the research of the staff-members:
Vedic literature, Middle Indic literature (literary, Jaina, Buddhist), Kâvya, Indian and
Southeast Asian epigraphy, Epic/Puranic literature.

Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students must have completed a total of 60 ects, including courses
and the master’s thesis. The thesis of the master’s programme in Indian and Tibetan
Studies has the weight of 20 ects-credits and generally consists of a maximum of 17,000
words, including notes, bibliography and appendices.
Also see Regulations.