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The MA in Contemporary India offers multi-disciplinary training in the study of contemporary India, providing the intellectual tools necessary for analysing India’s current social, political and economic processes, and its global role, while encouraging students to think comparatively through India about the wider world.

Key benefits

  • At the India Institute you will be part of the only British research centre dedicated solely to the study of India.
  • The School of Global Affairs is offering one Master’s Award of £9,900 for 2019/20 entry to a full-time student. 
  • The flexible curriculum allows you to acquire expertise in a topic of your choice, and gain the kind of regional knowledge (including the possibility of language-training) and research skills that are greatly valued by employers, policy-makers and scholars with eyes on the world’s largest emerging superpower.
  • You will experience designing and conducting an independent research project, with the guidance of world-class scholars at the Institute.
  • You will have an opportunity to experience India first-hand through tailor-made research, study and internship opportunities.
  • The modules and events hosted by the School of Global Affairs offer opportunities for comparative thinking.
  • Our Masterclasses in Public Engagement will help you communicate your research with wider audiences.
  • In London, you will be in the heart of one of the most vibrant Indian communities outside India in the world.


The course offers theoretically and methodologically rigorous training in the study of contemporary India. You will develop the historical awareness and critical sophistication required for analysing India’s current social, political and economic issues, and for understanding the country’s role in global political and economic life.

The modules on offer at the India Institute and the School of Global Affairs allow you to explore topics ranging from India’s foreign policy to the creation of new states, from religious violence to India’s democracy, from the economics of corruption to the anthropology of new forms of romantic love, from political criminalisation to the rise of India’s middle class.

You will receive robust training in multi-disciplinary research methods, which may include language training, and will be guided by one of the world-class scholars on our team in trying your hand at independent research.

You will be able to experience India first-hand through research and internship opportunities, or take up an India-related internship in the UK.

The Institute is a hub of worldly scholarship and we encourage our students to combine deep learning with the ability to communicate with wider audiences through masterclasses in pubic engagement.

Course purpose

Our programme provides high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training in the study of contemporary India. The study of contemporary India provides an intellectual laboratory through which to address theoretical and policy questions of global importance. You are encouraged to use the Indian experience to question assumptions within established disciplinary fields and to challenge settled global consensuses, while simultaneously deploying larger perspectives to analyse India in ways that enable them to differentiate between what is universal and what is specific and contingent to the modern Indian experience.

Required Modules

  • The Making of Contemporary India: Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • Contemporary India: State, Society & Economy since 1947 (20 credits)
  • Contemporary India Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

You will also take 40 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Indian Democracy (20 credits)
  • Crime, Violence & the State in India (20 credits)
  • India in Global Politics (20 credits)
  • Indian History & Political Theory (20 credits)
  • The Anthropology of India (20 credits)
  • India’s Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Religion & Politics in India & Pakistan (20 credits)
  • The economics of corruption (20 credits)
  • A range of modules offered by the School of Global Affairs
  • Language modules (including Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Panjabi or Gujarati) offered by the Modern Language Centre at Kings, which can be taken for additional credit (20 credits)

Career prospects

MA in Contemporary India graduates will have a wide range of career options and our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, NGOs, government and international organisations, business, media and publishing.

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