Culture and Society of Modern South Asia (Master)

Photo collage of people and their everyday life in South Asia.

© Universität Wien / Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde

The interdisciplinary master’s programme in Culture and Society of Modern South Asia aims at equipping students with extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of the cultural, regional, linguistic and social diversity of the South Asian continent in the present, as well as of the historic developments that have shaped it since the beginning of the modern period. This also includes the acquisition of a critical understanding of the symbolic worlds, ways of actions and perceptions of different actors. Students enhance their linguistic competences in modern Indian languages (specifically Hindi and Nepali) that they acquired in previous studies and actively use them in communications, to deal with written sources and/or oral accounts from the modern media. This way, they expand their knowledge of the cultural and social processes in the modern and present period through primary materials.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 685

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: bilingual (German & English)

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of modules covering the following subject areas: compulsory modules on modern South Asian society; basics of modern South Asian cultural and intellectual history; alternative compulsory module (A: cultural studies of modern South Asia in practice; or B: modern Indian language in practice); history of modern South Asia; alternative compulsory module (A: basics of contemporary South Asian cultures; B: South Asia in a global context); languages of modern South Asia in practice; and linguistic traditions of modern South Asia). In addition, students have to complete a research seminar for master’s students, write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Hindi
  • Nepali
  • Modern Indian
  • Conversion
  • Sociality

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Students directly experience the living culture of South Asia and develop practical intercultural competences. Graduates are qualified to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • university and non-university teaching and research institutions
  • archives, museums, libraries
  • media, publishers, public relations
  • development cooperation
  • diplomatic service, international organisations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 73% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,592 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the education sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Arts and Humanities".