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Centre for South Asian Studies: About Us


Study of South Asia

The Study of South Asia at the University of Edinburgh

The Centre for South Asian Studies co-ordinates and promotes the research of society, politics and economy of the South Asia sub-continent -– the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka -– both contemporary and through recent history. Next to profiling or research on south Asia, we also promote on the region - through and across subject areas. The main subject areas associated with our work are those of history, human geography, politics and international relations, religious studies, social anthropology and sociology are the growing field of development studies.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Information about Undergraduate Programmes is available on the Undergraduate Teaching Office website. There is no specific south Asian Studies degree at undergrduate level, but undergraduate students across the university have the opportunity to select a range of undergraduate courses which provide significant South Asian 2016-17, the School of Social and Political Science offers the following undergraduate courses with significant South Asia content:

Furthermore, in 2016-2017 the following courses with signficiant South Asia content are also on offer:

Ordinary Level (possibly subject to quotas and/or entry requirements):

SCAN08010: Empires

REST0802   Religions of Ancient India: Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism

HIST08028: Asia and Africa2a: Societies, Cultures and Empires

HIST08029: Asia and Africa 2b: Nationalisms, Liberation Movements and the Legacies of Colonialism, c 1880-present day


SCIL 11017 South Asia: Culture, Politics & Economy

SAST11002 South Asia: Roots of Poverty and Development

Prospective Postgraduate Students

Information about our Postgraduate Programmes is available on the Graduate School of Social and Political Science website

Relevant courses for Postgraduate Students can be found at Graduate School for On Course Students

Damaged fishing boat, Telwatte, July 2005