Why should we research Indology

Indology (M.A.)

Main content

Brief description

"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 (Kāvya), native Indian sciences (Śāstra) and realism.


The “Indology” master’s degree is designed as a “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).

  • Expand content Collapse content At a glanceAt a glance

  • Expand content Collapse content Student counselingStudent counseling

    Current note on office hours: Due to the current situation with regard to the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19), personal advice is only available by phone and / or email. See the exact information on the web pages of the respective counseling center!

    Central General Student Advisory Service (ZAS)

    The Central General Student Advisory Service (ZAS) is the central point of contact for information and advice on studying at Philipps University.

    Open office hours (brief consultation): Mon 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wed 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thu 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Individual consultation appointments can be arranged on our "Advice and Contact" page.

    Academic advice on the course

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hanneder
    Deutschhausstrasse 12th
    Room 01 A26, Tel .: +49 6421 28 24930
    Email: [email protected]
    Consultation hours Wed. 12.45-13.30

    Marburger Stud-i-fon for questions about studying

    Telephone information about studying and, if necessary, referral to university advice centers.

    Tel .: 06421/28 22222

  • Expand content Collapse content Admission requirementsAdmission requirements

  • Expand content Collapse content Application & deadlinesApplication & deadlines

  • Expand content Collapse content Study abroadStudy abroad

    Going abroad - but how?

    Do you want to study abroad for a semester or longer and broaden your horizons?

    Study within Europe with the ERASMUS program.

    Information and advice on studying abroad outside of Europe (+ other options for a stay abroad) can be obtained from the Department for Studies and Internships Abroad and the International Office.

  • Expand content Collapse content Study & ProfessionStudy & Profession