"Indology" means the academic study of the languages ??and cultures of the Indian subcontinent ("South Asia").

The master's degree in "Indology" builds on the general knowledge acquired in the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in historical linguistics, text and cultural studies about the content and research fields of the philologies involved, as well as the specific specialist knowledge from the chosen Indian focus. It serves the in-depth study of Indian original literature and the history of ideas of the diverse philosophical and religious currents of India. This is always based on the accessible source material that is made accessible and researched using the methods of historical-critical philology.

The aim of the course is to acquire a scientifically qualified degree, which enables the independent application and development of scientific methods and knowledge in the field of Indology and the transfer to problems in other areas and enables access to a doctorate.

In the course of the course, knowledge of the textual content and the methods of philological and cultural-scientific processing of primary sources in Indian languages ??are acquired in order to obtain the academic qualification.


The main focus of research in Indology at the Philipps University of Marburg is in the areas of Hindu, Buddhist and Jinist religions, Indian philosophies, Sanskrit and Middle Indian literature (K?vya), the indigenous Indian sciences (??stra) and realism.


The "Indology" master's degree is designed as a "more research-oriented" degree that is intended to enable graduates to embark on a scientific and university career, but also to qualify them for all professional fields in which there is a demand for historically and linguistically specialized graduates Graduates from Asian subjects (economics, journalism, libraries, archives and museums, public relations and marketing, education and translation, development cooperation, project coordination, planning staff, international insurance).



Completion of a relevant bachelor's degree in the field of Indology or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree.

If proof of the first degree is not yet available, a transcript of records with a calculated average grade based on at least 80% of the credit points required for the bachelor's degree can be submitted.

The examination board can combine the admission with the condition that additional study achievements and / or examinations of a maximum of 30 credit points are achieved. In this case, the course can be extended accordingly.

Knowledge of Sanskrit is required. Proof of Sanskrit skills is provided by successfully completing a two-semester Sanskrit course (comparable to the Language: Sanskrit I module of the Marburg bachelor's degree "Historical Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies").

NOTE: The two-semester Sanskrit course can only be started in a winter semester. Therefore, knowledge of Sanskrit can only be made up for when you start your studies in the winter semester. If you are admitted to the summer semester, you must already have knowledge of Sanskrit at the start of your studies.


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