Provides a comprehensive framework for the study of modern 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.
- 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.
The programme aims to prepare graduates 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.
Professor Sunil Khilnani (Director, King's India Institute)
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus; some projects may take place on non-campus locations.
Year of entry 2013
Arts and Sciences Cross-School Initiatives
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8000 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16000 (2013)
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The programme provides high quality postgraduate teaching and research training in the study of Modern India. The study of modern India provides an intellectual laboratory through which to focus global theoretical and policy questions. Students will be 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.
The programme will explore the specific characteristics of modern India by connecting theory and practice at a concrete level. The themes students can study include India’s democratic politics, contemporary history, environmental contexts and entrepreneurial forms, security issues and 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.
The programme is built around two core courses, which aim to develop students' 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:
- Modern India I. Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective
- Modern India II. State, Society, and Economy since 1947.
Students take additional options from one of six thematic strands, but also have access to a range of external modules offered by departments across the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy.
The MA is based in the newly established King’s India Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. Students also benefit from the expertise of Associates of the King’s India Institute, who are based in a number of disciplinary departments across the College.
Core programme content
- Modern India I. Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective;
- Modern India II. State, Society, and Economy since 1947;
- Dissertation (10,000 words).
At least 40 credits must be taken from modules within one of the thematic strands outlined below. Modules listed are for illustration only: the precise courses offered will be confirmed each Spring.
- Business and Political Economy
History, Society and Culture
- India in the Global Economy;
- Reforming India's Political Economy;
- Economic Growth and Social Change;
- The Politics of Land in Modern India.
Strategy and Security Studies
- Narrating India's Nations
- India in the World: Anthropological Perspectives on Modern India
- Law, Politics and Social Change in Modern India
- State Power in Postcolonial India
- Music and Empire
- Religion and Politics in South Asia
- Caste, Region and Religion in Modern India
- Contemporary South Asian Women’s Writing
Science and Environment Policy
- Themes in Indian Defence Policy
- Afghan and South Asian Security
- Nuclear India
- India and the Great Powers, 1947-2010
Reporting India. Journalism and Non-Fiction Writing
- Nuclear India
- Science and the State in Modern India
- Health Policy in India
- Development and Environmentalism in the 'South'
- India in the Media: Historical Perspectives
- Making the News in India
- Reporting India
Indicative non-core content
- Urban Policy in a Globalizing World
- The Politics of Indian Cities.
A further 40 credits can also be taken from the list above, but may include a graduate language module (Hindi, Panjabi or Urdu) or 20 credits from MA modules across the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy (full list of options to be confirmed).
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
The programme consists of 180 credits: a 60 credit dissertation, 40 credits of taught compulsory modules, 40 credits within one thematic strand, and 40 credits of optional modules which may include a language module. The core courses are assessed by essays.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 first degree or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university.
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.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please submit a one page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. Please include details of your previous exposure to India, e.g. through coursework on your undergraduate degree, language studies, career interests, time spent in India, etc.
Self-funded. Applicants should consult our postgraduate funding database at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database
for information on funding opportunities from King's College London and other organisations.
Modern India MA
India, it has been said, is the most interesting place in the world: a country of continental scale, immense civilizational depth, unparalleled diversity represented through democratic politics, economically now on the move and in the midst of multiple transformations. The central dilemmas of modern politics, economic development, and social change are all dramatized across the Indian landscape – while India's growing international profile poses profound questions for the global system. The King's India Institute has been established to deepen academic and practical understanding of modern India's rise - and its global implications.
The Institute's first taught degree, the MA Modern 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. Thus, India's specificities – whether concerning for instance, the country's democratic politics, its environmental predicaments and entrepreneurial forms, its security issues and dilemmas of secularism, its urban and public health problems, its varieties of cultural production and consumption, its economic growth and diverse social change, the role of its media, and consequences of its science and technology policy choices – will be explored in relationship to more general theoretical, political and policy perspectives.
The MA degree's intellectual foundation rests on two core courses that I will be involved in teaching. One examines India's economy, polity and society since 1947; the other surveys thematic and conceptual perspectives on modern India (encompassing for instance, nationalism, democracy, the state, law).Additionally, students have the option to pursue various specializations: politics; security and strategic studies; history, society & culture; history and policy of science and technology; media and journalism; and urban studies. Across these strands, our approach at the Institute is to study India in cross-disciplinary and problem-focused ways. The MA will thus equip our graduates to pursue diverse careers relating to India - whether in the academy, government, business, media and civil society.
The India Institute has strong links with India's universities and research institutions, government, private sector, media and civil society, and students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities these offer. In addition, the India Institute is richly immersed in the intellectual and cultural life of the great city in which it stands – London, a city that is historically and still today the cultural nexus of the West and India.