In the Master's program Modern South Asia, you will acquire knowledge of the source language Hindi and the ability to access original language sources and evaluate them critically. In seminar modules, you will deepen your specialized knowledge of the literature, culture and society of contemporary South Asia and develop a critical awareness of relevant specialized discourses. The goal is for you to develop your own argumentative stance on important issues in modern South Asia.

You will find our course offerings on Almaweb . Students can also get information about individual modules on Moodle.


Bachelor's degree:

A bachelor's degree in a field of religious studies, regional studies, cultural studies, anthropology, or a subject related to South Asia.

Language certificates:

Students must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English (Common European Framework of Reference, level B2, UNIcert II or equivalent).

Course Credits:

Proof of study achievements related to South Asia amounting to 30 credits or equivalent knowledge is required (transcript of records or other proof). Language courses in South Asian languages cannot be taken into account here.

  • To check the subject-specific admission requirements, please apply directly to the Institute of South and Central Asian Studies with the following documents: letter of motivation (motivation for the application, prior knowledge of Modern South Asia, [if applicable] your prior knowledge of Hindi), curriculum vitae, BA certificate (or if not yet available, overview of studies with grades [Transcript of Records], as well as confirmation of when you will complete the BA program). Send your application to our secretary's office at indsekr(at)
  • Simultaneously, you will need to apply Leipzig University.
  • The application for international students and German students who have earned their degrees outside of Germany must complete their application externally through the portal Uniassist. All information pertaining to the application process, Uniassist and other helpful checklists can be found on the website for international Master students At leipzig University.
  • Enrollment in the Master program Modern South Asia is open for both winter and summer semesters.

Documents should be submitted by August 15, preferably as a pdf via email at

Structure of the M.A. Modern South Asia

The unique selling point of the MA Modern South Asia is its focus on modern digital methods of knowledge transfer. Students can actively participate in the production of knowledge in their subject via new media (podcasts, Youtube videos, Wikipedia) and thereby also make their subject more visible in society. This happens in the newly designed seminar modules, each of which aims to produce their own contributions in one of the new media. The Master Modern South Asia thus implements the claim of our faculty to be actively involved in the transfer of knowledge to society, which is one of the most important goals in the field of teaching.

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Our institute offers the opportunity to study and research the languages and cultures of South and Central Asia. Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan and Mongolian, the connection of both classical and today's spoken languages is a unique feature of our institute.

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