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Contemporary India MA

Course Description

Provides a comprehensive framework for the study of contemporary India and the development of expertise in one of a number of disciplinary and professional fields. Equips students to deal with the conceptual challenges relating to work in and on India and to analyse the fundamental problems of contemporary India in relation to global concerns. Careers network providing support for internships and employment.

Key benefits

- Offers students the opportunity to connect the study of India to both more general theoretical concerns and a more practical perspective.

- A distinctive perspective on contemporary India, enabling the analysis of fundamental problems in relation to global issues.

- A wide range of optional taught modules drawing on King’s-wide expertise.

- The location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. Students enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, unrivalled access to library and archival resources, and easy access to resources in Europe.

- Tailored professional development and careers network providing support for internships and future employment.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/contemporary-india-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This programme will explore the specific characteristics of contemporary India by connecting theory and practice at a concrete level. Students can study themes including India’s democratic politics, contemporary history, foreign policy and security issues, dilemmas of secularism, urban and public health problems, varieties of cultural production and consumption, economic growth and diverse social change, the role of India's media and consequences of India's science and technology policy choices.

Our programme is built around two core courses, which aim to develop your awareness of, on the one hand, the working of political power and the changing social and economic order in India and, on the other, the deep historical forces that shaped the Indian subcontinent both before and after independence and partition in 1947:

• Making of Contemporary India: Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective
• Contemporary India: State, Society and Economy since 1947.

You can build on these core modules with a wide range of optional modules to pursue degree programmes tailored to your principal interests. In addition, you receive expert supervision and research methods training to write a 15,000-word dissertation. You also have access to a range of external modules offered by departments across the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy.

Our MA is based in the King’s India Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. You will also benefit from the expertise of affiliate faculties of the King’s India Institute based in a number of departments across the university.

- 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.

- Course format and assessment -

Core modules:

- Dissertation
- Contemporary India II: State, Society and Economy since 1947
- Contemporary India I: Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective

Most modules will be assessed by a 4,000-word essay but some will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these. The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal.

Career prospects

Our programme aims to prepare you for both research and non-academic professional careers: in government, media and publishing, business and the corporate sector, international agencies and NGOS, and policy research.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Contemporary India MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Professor Sunil Khilnani

"The MA Contemporary India, is a unique postgraduate course designed at once to engage students with this complex, fascinating and pivotal country, and to use the study of contemporary India as an intellectual laboratory through which to focus global theoretical and policy questions."


Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent).Applicants from good Indian universities normally require a 60% or above in Arts, Humanities or Social Science subjects. Professional qualifications and experience may be taken into account. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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