M.A. in Philosophy is offered by "Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies" at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.


The program aims to give students an excellent grounding and a deep insight into Indian philosophical traditions, as well as Western thought. Its core unit explores the methodological foundations of Indian Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Logic, Tantra, Aesthetics and other allied areas. It encourages students to gain a working knowledge of Sanskrit in order to be better acquainted with primary sources. The program offers (1) a comprehensive introduction to the doctrinal foundations, history, regional context and theoretical presuppositions of Indian and Western schools of thought, and (2) advanced skills in research methodologies, writing, presentation and communication of knowledge.

Currently this program is offered at Amritapuri Campus. The course duration is 2 years, with 4 semesters.


  • To understand some of the foundational ideas of Indian philosophy
  • To critically engage with Indian philosophical texts
  • To explore some of the core concepts and theories of contemporary thought in relation to ideas in classical Indian philosophy
  • To develop an ability to use a variety of philosophical approaches in addressing contemporary issues and practically integrate them as a “way of life”


M.A. Philosophy 2017-2019 Academic Year

Sl.No. Subject Name LTP Credits Nature
Semester I
1 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking in India and Europe 400 4 Core
2 Indian Theories of Knowledge 400 4 Core
3 Principles of Indian Metaphysics 400 4 Core
4 Aspects of Western Metaphysics 400 4 Core
5 Elective I 300 3 Elective
Sl.No. Subject Name LTP Credits Nature
Semester II
6 Logic and Critical Thinking in Indian Philosophy 400 4 Core
7 Logic and Epistemology in European Thought 400 4 Core
8 Moral Philosophy in India 400 4 Core
9 Introduction to Western Moral Philosophy 400 4 Core
10 Elective II 300 3 Elective
11 Elective III 300 3 Elective
Sl.No. Subject Name LTP Credits Nature
Semester III
12 Philosophy of Mind (East and West) 400 4 Core
13 Social and Political Philosophy in India 400 4 Core
14 Elective IV 300 3 Elective
15 Elective V 300 3 Elective
16 Elective VI 300 3 Elective
Sl.No. Subject Name LTP Credits Nature
Semester IV
17 Elective VII 300 3 Elective
18 Elective VIII 300 3 Elective
19 Dissertation   10 Core
  Total   74  

List of Electives

Sl.No. Subject Name LTP Credits Nature
1 Indian Philosophy of Language 300 3 D/E
2 Ecology, Philosophy and Environmental Ethics 300 3 D/E
3 Aesthetics (Indian and Western) 300 3 D/E
4 Philosophy of Science 300 3 D/E
5 Philosophy of Tantra 300 3 D/E
Sl.No. Subject Name LTP Credits Nature
6 Philosophy of Advaita Vedanta 300 3 D/E
7 Yoga Philosophy 300 3 D/E
8 South Indian Philosophy 300 3 D/E
9 Contemporary Indian Thought 300 3 D/E
10 Indian Philosophy of Religion 300 3 D/E

Career Options

This program prepares the graduates for a plethora of job opportunities as : Faculty in Universities, Spiritual and psychological Counsellors in government and corporate / industry, Professionals in the field of publishing, Executives in business and management, Human resources Specialists, Community organizers and work in public relations, Health and Environmental Consultants, Social Workers and Journalists.

You can join this program at
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences