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SAN4590 – Master’s Thesis in Sanskrit

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Course content

The Master's thesis must comprise from 70 to 100 pages and be an independent scholarly work.

The subject and research topic can be drawn from a broad spectrum of Sanskrit-related topics, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

The thesis is to be written in English.

Learning outcome

Through work with the thesis, the student will acquire a deep knowledge of the topic he/she has chosen for the thesis.

The student learns to collect relevant data for an independent work and to process this methodically in accordance with relevant theories.

Working with the thesis provides further practice in formulating a reasoned exposition of the results and the application and communication of theoretical knowledge.


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Admission to the Sanskrit Master's degree programme options under the Programme for Asian and African Studies.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Passing marks in the six 10-credit introductory courses in this programme.


Academic supervision of the Master’s thesis is compulsory. Up to 15 hours of individual supervision for a 60-credit thesis will be given.

Supervisors will be assigned by the department. Supervision commences when the Agreement of supervision is signed.

The Sanskrit students will participate in the South Asia MA colloquium. Participation is mandatory unless you are away on fieldwork.

The colloquium is a forum for the students to present and discuss drafts for chapters, project sketches, interview guides, etc.

The colloquium will be lead by members of the academic staff.

See Guidelines for compulsory course activities at HF


The master's thesis is to be handed in by 1 December in the Autumn semester and 1 June in the Spring semester.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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