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Short description:
The MA course offered by the Department of Indian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time program comprising four semesters. Student who take this program must have a sound knowledge of Sanskrit or Hindi depending on the specialization they choose and should also be familiar with the main characteristics of Indian culture. At the end of the program students are required to complete an MA thesis.

The teachers at the department are specialized in Sanskrit philology and literature, Indo-Aryan and Comparative Indo-European linguistics, Hindi language and literature. This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in Indology and think about pursuing an academic career or intend to work as experts of Indian and South Asian culture at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centres, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

This program enables students to carry out a research program in Indology and prepares them for a PhD.

Sanskrit, Hindi

Strength of program:
The teachers of the program have significant international experience. They have studied and/or worked in research projects abroad. The Department of Indian Studies has academic co-operation and exchange programs with various European universities and research centres. It has Erasmus+ partnership with the University of Vienna, University of Naples, University of Torino, University of Warsaw, University of Hamburg and Ghent University.

The students of the program acquire deep and thorough knowledge of the chosen language (Hindi or Sanskrit) and with the help of this, they study a wide range of subjects (history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, art history, etc.) through the reading and analysis of primary sources. In their studies and research, students are assisted by the department’s excellent library which owns books and periodicals mainly in the fields of Sanskrit studies, Indo-European linguistics, Hindi language and literature.

Examples show that graduating from our program is a very good starting point for doctoral or (at a later stage) postdoctoral studies. A number of our former MA students have studied for their PhD at renowned foreign universities such as the University of Oxford and the University of Chicago.

Entry requirements: Advanced level in English (see above).

Entrance exam: Yes

Type of entrance exam: Oral

Entrance exam location: Electronic

Entrance examination and selection process: The application documents are processed by the Department of International Affairs and then forwarded to the department responsible for the given degree programme. The department checks the documents and organizes an interview by telephone, online (e.g. Skype) or in person. After the entrance interview, the department comes to a decision and informs the Department of International Affairs.

Mr Rezső Jarmalov
Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator

Preparatory year available: No

Specialisation year available: No

Minimum number of scholarship holders: 2

Maximum number of scholarship holders: 20


Programme structure

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:


Career opportunities

Career opportunities:
Students of Indology generally pursue a career of academic researcher or university teacher. An academic researcher specialized in Indology may work at institutes affiliated with universities or at museums housing collections of South Asian material. Graduates of the program may also work as experts of Indian and South Asian culture at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centres, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

Job examples:
university professor
academic researcher

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States