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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 30.6k
  • Foreign: $ 41.5k
  • Deadline:
  • 29 June 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 90pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    The MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies is a postgraduate course with a substantial research component. It is designed both for students who want to enhance their understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic history and present condition of South Asia and for those who want to go on to further primary research. It provides intensive research and language training for those who wish to go on to prepare a doctoral dissertation, but it is also a freestanding postgraduate degree course in its own right.

    The MPhil is associated for examination purposes with the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences. But teaching and learning for the course takes place in the Centre of South Asian Studies and the various humanities and social science faculties and departments. The course covers South Asia from the early modern period to the present. The areas studied cover the modern states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

    The MPhil aims to introduce students to the latest research topics, methods and debates in South Asian studies at an advanced level. It provides training in the use of printed, manuscript and other sources relevant to South Asian studies. It provides essential language training in Hindi and Urdu. It offers training in the advanced use of library and archival facilities and the appropriate use of electronic databases for the location, identification and evaluation of source materials. It provides a structured introduction to key debates in South Asian history, development economics, politics and sociology through a variety of intensive courses. Finally, it offers close supervision in undertaking an original research project.

    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding

    By the end of the course, students should have acquired:

    1. a deeper understanding of their chosen area of South Asian studies and the critical debates within it;
    2. a conceptual and technical understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies;
    3. the technical skills necessary to pursue primary research in their chosen area;
    4. the ability to situate their own research within current and past methodological and interpretative developments in the field;
    5. an understanding of and proficiency in a modern South Asian language.

    Skills and other attributes

    By the end of the course, the students should have acquired:

    1. the skills necessary to locate, read, interpret and analyse the primary source material relevant to the student's area of interest;
    2. the skills necessary critically to evaluate their own and others' work;
    3. the ability to formulate a research proposal using the appropriate primary materials and to place this within its relevant academic context, to locate and assimilate relevant secondary source material and to discuss pertinent interpretative debates;
    4. the ability to reach an independent judgement, based on their own research;
    5. a facility in communicating the results of their ideas, research and its conclusion in a written form as a work of historical scholarship, and as an oral contribution in a research colloquium.

    Continuing

    The MPhil is a freestanding degree, but it is expected that many candidates, because of the significant research-training component of the course, will proceed thereafter to pursue a PhD. The course offers a thorough preparation for doctoral research, through the historiographical and conceptual emphasis of the taught component, through the specialist options, and through the dissertation.  All MPhil students who wish to continue to a PhD will be encouraged to discuss their progress with their supervisor. Marks of 67 and above are strong marks to support the case for continuation to the PhD in, for example, the Faculty of History. However, this requirement varies  from Faculty to Faculty.

    Assessed coursework will consist of the core course (Introduction to Modern South Asia), taken by all students, and one option selected by each student from the range offered as part of the MPhil. The core course will centre around 14 2-hour, twice-weekly classes in the Michaelmas Term, at which participation is mandatory. 8 1.5 hour weekly option course classes will be held throughout the Lent Term. In addition the language element of the course will run throughout the year with weekly classes in either Hindi or Urdu. There will also be a strong element of research training to include preparing for fieldwork, interviewing techniques and the use of archival material.  Students will be expected to attend the Centre's weekly seminar programme held on Wednesdays during term.

       
    One to one supervision

    On average students will receive approximately twelve half to one hour long supervisions during the course of the academic year.

    Seminars & classes

    14 2-hour twice weekly sessions in Michaelmas Term (Core Course). 8 1.5-hour sessions in Lent Term (Option Course). Weekly CSAS South Asian Seminar and other optional weekly seminars such as ' Visual Rhetoric and Modern South Asian History' and  'Global Intellectual History'.  2 2-hour weekly language classes throughout the year.

    Lectures

    No lectures but the Centre's annual Kingsley Martin Lecture and other lectures held throughout the year may be of interest

    Practicals

    Language teaching, both spoken and written, throughout the year in either Urdu or Hindi at levels to suit students' abilities

    Small group teaching

    The Option Course sessions are generally made up of groups of between 2-8 students.  Weekly 1.5 hour classes during Lent Term.

    Literature_reviews

    At the end of the Michaelmas Term students will be required to produce a 2000 word review of a book of their choosing within the remit of the course.

    Posters

    Dissertation presentation session at the end of the Michaelmas Term which gives students the opportunity to present their dissertation plans and gain feedback from the Course Convenor and fellow students.

    Feedback

    Core and option essays, the book review and dissertation will all be double marked and mark sheets containing feedback will be given to students.  Students meet regularly with their Supervisors, the Course Convenor and others teaching on the course who are happy to provide comments on students'  progress.  It is usual to hold a session in the late Lent Term or early Easter Term to provide the chance for students to present their planned dissertation research to the rest of the group and receive their feedback.  The Course Convenor holds an 'office hour' weekly during term.  Students are invited to elect two student representatives during the first week of Michaelmas Term who are invited to attend the termly Graduate Education Committee meetings to raise concerns and ask questions.

    Assessment

    Thesis

    Between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length.  A Viva Voce or oral examination would only be required for certain candidates who received a failing mark (or a confirmed marginal fail) or in other special circumstances (eg suspected plagiarism).

    Essays

    • Book Review: 2,000 words.
    • Core course essay: 3,000 words.
    • Option course essay: 5,000 words.

    Written examination

    Three hour written language examination in either Hindi or Urdu.

    Practical assessment

    One hour language oral examination in either Hindi or Urdu.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    • Magistr (Master's Degree) at Pass level. Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of good or 4/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 4/5 Bologna Bachelor's from other institutions with an overall grade of 5/5, Excellent
    • Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of Excellent or 5/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 5/5
    • IELTS (Academic) 7.5
    • TOEFL Internet Score 110
    • £50 application fee
    • First Academic Reference
    • Second Academic Reference
    • Transcript
    • Research Proposal. 600 - 1000 words
    • Sample of Work
    • Personal Reference. 
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