University of Oxford offers a variety of programmes, curriculumn, and training to bring Indian and South Asian nationals to the university providing the unique Oxford experience. Apart from bringing prospective students and fellows, the university also encourage students to take courses, that has strong focus on Indian political, social and religious aspects. 

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Bengali is a one-year elementary language course with two contact hours every week during term time. It is primarily offered as a language option for students enrolled in the MSc or the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies but students from outside the Faculty of Oriental Studies can also attend subject to availability and to the approval of the course tutor.

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MPhil in Classical Indian Religion is an intensive two part course focussing on learning rudiments of Sanskrit texts and reading religious sanskrit texts while writing supervised essays with topics concerning with Indian religion. 

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A two year MPhil course in Developmental Studies from Oxford Department of International Development is offered focussing on internal conflicts, development discourse and the policy intervention with respect to developing countries. 

Apart from the designed core subjects, students are given a set of optional subjects which focusses on History, Politics and the Development post colonialism in India and South Asia in general. 


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The Faculty of Oriental Studies runs elementary to advanced Hindi classes as well as classes of Modern Literary Hindi and of Old Hindi (Brajbhasha).

The courses are intended primarily for students enrolled in Oriental Studies. However, there are also limited places available for people from other faculties. If you intend to apply, please contact the course tutor on

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Undergraduate students reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) can choose to study Politics in South Asia which has a strong focus on Indian politics.

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Sanskrit can be studied in Oxford at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At the undergraduate level, there is a BA degree in Sanskrit, based in Oriental Studies. There are also two joint degrees where Sanskrit is an optional choice: in Classics and Oriental Studies, and in Religion and Oriental Studies. At the graduate level, Sanskrit forms a major part of the MPhil in Classical Indian Religion, and can also be studied as part of the MPhil in Buddhist Studies and the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies or MSc in Modern South Asian Studies. Graduate students may work primarily in Sanskrit in the MSt in Oriental Studies or the DPhil in Oriental Studies, the research degrees. Here it is assumed that the student will arrive with a substantial knowledge of Sanskrit to begin with. In the other courses a student can start from the beginning.

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The Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme (CSASP) comprises various permanent academic members of staff, as well as teaching assistants, research associates and a permanent administrator. 

CSASP administers the 12-month MSc in Modern South Asian Studies and 21-month MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies courses (both of which are run in conjunction with the Faculty of Oriental Studies). Students on each of these courses will have the opportunity to engage with and be taught by scholars from both the Humanities and Social Science Divisions. Along with courses, research conferences and talks are also conducted focussing social, economic and political scenes of India and South Asia. 

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