Masters degrees in Indian History offer advanced study of the cultural and political events which shaped the sub-continent of India, spanning around three millennia from around 3300 BC.
Related subjects include Ancient History and Byzantine History. Some courses also specialise in themes such as Culture and Colonialism or Post-Colonial Studies. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History or Archaeology.
Courses in the History of India explore what is considered one of the cradles of civilisation – in other words, one of the epicentres from which modern humanity is understood to have originated.
Due to India’s roots in pre-history, there are vast topics of research available on these courses. From India’s beginnings in the Indus Valley Civilisation, through to the processes of colonialism and its rule under the British Empire.
For example, you might research the emergence of several significant religions which are still practised today, including Hinduism and Buddhism. Other popular topics include the country’s complicated social structures, such as stratification based on caste.
Careers in this field are varied, with traditional roles including scholarly research, heritage conservation, archaeological excavation, teaching, and publishing. Other roles may include media and journalism, foreign policy and international affairs, and even legislation.