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Indologie/ Indology (Master of Arts)

Program: Indologie / Indology
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

Indologie / Indology refers to the scientific study of the languages and cultures of the Indian sub-continent ("South Asia").

The "Indologie/ Indology" master's program builds on the general skills acquired in the interdisciplinary “History of Languages, Literatures and Cultures” bachelor's program through the contents and fields of research of the involved philologies and the specialized knowledge from the selected Indological major topic. It serves for the specialized study of Indian original literature and the history of ideas of the diverse philosophical and religious trends in India. This is always based on the accessible source material, which is made accessible and researched with the methods of historical-critical philology.

The objective of the program is to acquire a scientifically qualified degree that enables you to independently apply and develop scientific methods and insights in the field of Indology and to transfer this to problems in other fields, and to enable access to the doctorate.

Throughout the course of the program, knowledge of text contents and methods of philological and cultural-scientific processing of primary sources in Indian languages are acquired in order to obtain scientific qualification.

Major topics

The major research topics of Indology at the Philipps University of Marburg are within fields which include the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions, Indian philosophies, Sanskrit and middle Indo literature (Kāvya), indigenous Indian studies (Śāstra) and reality studies.


The Indologie / Indology master's program is designed as a "more research-oriented" program which is intended to enable successful graduates to enter the scholarly university career path, but to also qualify them for all professional fields in which there is demand for graduates in Asian subjects specializing in history and linguistics (economy, journalism, libraries, archives and museums, public relations and marketing, education and translation, development cooperation, project coordination, planning staff, international insurance).