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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Consecutive Master: Indian Studies


Have you earned a Bachelor's degree in Indology or South Asian Studies? Do you wish to acquire further expertise in the region? Alternatively, do you have a background in the social sciences or humanities and want to learn about a pivotal region of the world and its rich cultural and social tapestry? If so, our flexible Master's programs are tailored to your interests. They allow you to choose from various modules depending on your interests and to specialise in a particular topic by completing a research project.

Course Offerings

You can pursue Indology at the Master's level either as a Major (with 90 ECTS credits) or a Minor (with 30 ECTS credits). Both programs offer a diverse range of modules, covering core areas such as Linguistic-Philological Focus (Sprachlich-philologische Vertiefung), Language Acquisition of a second or third language (Spracherwerb - zweite oder dritte Sprache), Culture (Kultur), Society (Gesellschaft), and Research (Forschung).

Linguistic- Philological Specialization

Culture and Society

Research Debates: Theories and Methods


Religion, Philosophy and Sciences in Sanskrit Sources Works of Sanskrit- and Hindi Literature Politics and Society in Hindi Texts and Media

History and Themes of Philosophy Literature and Aesthetics Religion and Society Majorities and Minorities Governance and Political Economy

Alternatingly offered courses from programs of AOI and other institutes of UZH

Written research project drawing on topics from the module groups "Philological Specialization", "Culture" or "Society"


The subject-specific course offerings are regularly supplemented by modules from other AOI programs as well as other UZH programs:

Regular offerings from other programs (selection):

  • Anthropology of Asia and the Middle East from the Institute for Social Anthropology and Empirical Cultural Studies (Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft)
  • Colonialism, Nationalism, Globalisation: Asia and the Middle East (Colonialism, Nationalism, Globalisation: Asia and the Middle East) from AOI MAMES
  • Zoroastrianism (Zoroastrianism) from the Seminar on Religious Studies (Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar)
  • Philosophy in the Islamic World (Philosophie in der islamischen Welt) from AOI Islamic Studies (AOI Islamwissenschaft)
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Gender Research (Theoretische Perspektiven der Geschlechterforschung) from AOI Gender Studies
  • Literary Theory, Lecture Series (Literaturtheorie, Ringvorlesung) from the Romance Seminar (Romanisches Seminar)
  • Social Science Methods, various modules (Sozialwissenschaftliche Methoden, div. Module) from the Sociological Institute (Soziologisches Institut)

Regular offerings from other programs include: The Anthropology of Asia and the Middle East (Institute for Social Anthropology and Empirical Cultural Studies) Colonialism, Nationalism, Globalisation: Asia and the Middle East (AOI MAMES), Zoroastrianism (Seminar on Religious Studies) Philosophy in the Islamic World (AOI Islamic Studies), Theoretical Perspectives on Gender Research (AOI Gender Studies) Literary Theory, Lecture Series (Romance Seminar), Social Science Methods, various modules (Sociological Institute), Summer Schools both domestically and abroad (e.g., language courses in India), as well as internships can be credited in appropriate module formats. Online courses such as MOOCs (e.g., Asian Environmental Humanities: Landscapes in Transition) also serve individual subject deepening and further training.

Establish Your Personal Research Focus

As a student enrolled in the consecutive Masters in Indian Studies under the Major program, you have the opportunity to further specialise by selecting from the wide array of lectures, seminars, exercises, and colloquiums the department offers. This program strengthens your linguistic and analytical skills, fosters your methodological and theoretical understanding, and guides you on your own research journey, leading to a Master's thesis. If you're transitioning from another discipline, you can readily fulfil the Indology credit requirements for enrollment.

If you are pursuing a Minor MA in Indian studies you will have the opportunity to complement your Major studies from another discipline by specialising in a pivotal region of the world. You'll deepen your understanding of the Indian subcontinent's language, culture, and society, acquire expertise in contemporary research methodologies, and gain a deeper insight into current academic debates in the field. This flexibility allows you to tailor your studies based on previously mentioned subjects.

Professional Perspectives

Upon graduating with a major from the consecutive Master's program in Indology, you are well-equipped to embark on an academic journey towards a Ph.D. or engage in international roles tied to South Asia and global policy-making. If you completed the minor in Indology, your primary career direction will be influenced by your major. Nonetheless, given the right pairing, your minor in Indology can broaden your prospects. The breadth of career opportunities in either scenario is vast due to the specialised and interdisciplinary skills acquired. Opportunities span from academic research to roles in businesses, governmental agencies, non-profits, and sectors like migration and integration, culture and education, tourism, journalism, and adult education.

Program Combinations

When choosing a program combination, it's crucial to align with your personal interests and career goals. Academically, pairing with subjects like English Studies, Ethnology, Geography, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Comparative Literature can be rewarding. Courses from the Asia-Orient-Institute and specialized Master's programs such as "Gender Studies" and "Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Studies" can also provide valuable insights. If you're targeting specific career outcomes, integrating economic, legal, or communication science courses might be beneficial.

MA Religious Studies UZH

MA Political Science UZH

MA Ethnology UZH

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