Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research

Duration: 2 Yrs
Starts: September, 2022
Ends: August 2024
Cohort Size: 10
Tuition: Rs.3L (Scholarships available)
Food & Hostel: Rs.1.5L
We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.
~ Swami Vivekananda

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research introduces learners to a cross-section of the humanities disciplines and comes with a substantial research component at the end.

The curriculum structure of this programme includes courses in history, literary studies, philosophy, anthropology, and political thought. The research component, on the other hand, comprises a seminar paper presentation, and a supervised master’s thesis to be written over the last two terms, each of three months’ duration. 

The programme trains learners in critical thinking and synthesising multiple perspectives from various disciplines. Along with this, it grooms learners to become researchers who may later take up graduate/doctoral studies with an Indocentric approach, through systematic critiques of the Marxist and left-liberal academic positions.

In the first half of the programme, learners take core courses and electives mainly pertaining to humanities disciplines. During the latter half of the programme, learners initially undergo two research methods courses and subsequently write a seminar paper in the lead up to the final two terms meant for writing their master’s theses.

Programme Objectives

  • The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research programme nurtures thought leadership by exposing learners to interdisciplinary learning, analysing, and problem-solving strategies and presenting a broad vista of thought-paradigms and approaches to contemporary issues to help them build concrete capabilities.
  • It helps learners develop a distinctly Indian perspective towards Indian socio-political, cultural, spiritual, and economic circumstances through emphasis on research and original thinking.
  • It enables learners for career paths in academia, media, think tanks and creative writing, while nurturing them to become influencers and public intellectuals.
  • It enables learners to bring an Indocentric perspective to contemporary global issues and challenges with the goal of solving or overcoming them.
  • The above objectives are achieved through critical engagement with Western epistemes by deploying emic/Indic perspectives.

Teaching-Learning Methodologies

The Teaching Learning Methodologies (TLMs) adopted during the programme are a combination of the flipped classroom model, continuous internal assessment, and experiential learning, along with conventional lectures, tutorials, and practical assignments (L-T-P).

The TLMs foreground an Indocentric approach in alignment with the civilisationally derived institutional vision.


Admission/Eligibility Criteria


The applicant must have a 3–4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognised educational institution, with a minimum of 55% marks.


The applicant must clear the mandatory written entrance examination, followed by a viva-voce.

Ideal Applicant Profile

To be a philosopher you need only three things. First, infinite intellectual eros: endless curiosity about everything. Second, the ability to pay attention: to be rapt by what is in front of you without seizing it yourself, the care of concentration—in the way you might look closely, without touching, at the green lacewing fly, overwintering silently on the kitchen wall. Third, acceptance of pathlessness (aporia): that there may be no solutions to questions, only the clarification of their statement. Eros, attention, acceptance.

~ Gillian Rose

Applicants to this programme may come from STEM, commerce, as well as humanities and social sciences backgrounds. Potential learners are expected to have:

  • Capacity for substantial reading
  • Flair for writing & communication skills
  • Ability to synthesise information and ideas from multiple sources
  • Flexible imagination
  • Capacity for abstract thought
  • Critical and inquisitive mind
  • Non-dogmatic and questioning attitude


In Terms of the Course Mix & the Research Thrust

At the end of the programme, the learners should be broadly acquainted with the rudimentary conceptual resources and heuristic tools of major humanities and social sciences disciplines.


The learners should be able to adopt an interdisciplinary approach towards research, qualitative analyses, and problem solving by the end of the programme.


Since the emphasis of the programme is on grooming learners to be researchers, they shall acquire excellent critical reading and communication skills, and become capable of building and analysing complex, nuanced arguments.


Admission Process

Steps to Apply Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research


candidates should submit an online application by clicking on ‘Apply Now’ button



application review within 4 weeks of submission and communication of application status



the candidates who have cleared the first round screening will have to appear in the group interview round



selected candidates should pay the programme fee within 30 days of receiving the confirmation email



admissions will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum intake.



In the sixth term, learners are trained in the techniques of writing effective op-eds/columns. They are also provided necessary guidance and aid in publishing their pieces in newspapers, magazines, online portals and so on. Subsequently, the learner is required to write a seminar paper under faculty supervision and present the same upon completion before a committee. In the last two terms (seven and eight), the learners undertake their Master’s theses in any of the following research areas:

Thinkers of modern India: Nineteenth century onwards

Conscious/Engaged Citizenship

Indian heritage/tradition: sustainable practices

Dharma & Darshana: Applications in society, state, and identity (gender, caste, religion etc.)

Citizenship and participation

India’s external cultural impact / ‘Indic Cosmopolis’

Ecology and the Indian imagination

Dandaniti & Rajadharma: Applications in governance, administration, strategic & security studies

Empowerment and upliftment

Indian Psychology

Aesthetics, performance studies, literary theory and criticism in Indian life and practices

Course-Wise Curriculum


Political Theory

State & Society in India (History)

Foundational Sociology


Economic Thought

State and Society in Europe (History)

Introduction to Indian Philosophy


Aesthetics and Culture

Introduction to Western Philosophy

Introductory Western Psychology


Research Methods I

Introduction to Western Philosophy

Introductory Western Psychology


Research Methods II




Seminar Paper




Master's Thesis


Master's Thesis


It enables learners for various career paths while nurturing them to become influencers and public intellectuals. These include -


Think Tanks


Creative writing