M.A. Liberal Studies


Date of Filling up of forms: April onwards
Counseling begins from: April

About the Programme


This programme envisages the idea of holistic and integrated learning aimed at breaking disciplinary silos between pure sciences, social sciences and humanities. The programme seeks to re-imagine learning in ways that foster intellectual curiosity, ability to raise critical questions and most important to develop a sense of social justice, equity and empathy while engaging with complex global realities. We envision graduates to participate meaningfully across industries and sectors given the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ethos of the programme. Diversity and inclusion would be the key components of this programme with an emphasis on critical and reflexive approaches to learning.


  • To transcend disciplinary boundaries and enable interdisciplinary discourses, perspectives, methods of knowing and forms of analysis
  • To interrogate binaries and dualisms that have long characterised knowledge production
  • To have a dialogic and participatory approach to knowledge production
  • To bring about a paradigm shift in pedagogical practices of teaching and learning so as to provide a meaningful learning environment.
  • Students’ worldview to be informed by multiple perspectives drawn from different disciplines so as to produce a richer understanding of complex social realities
  • To bring faith into learnings and bridge the gap the students experience between subjects and fields of studies
  • To further academic possibilities and imagination with an interdisciplinary programme
  • To explore untapped potential and abilities in students through multidisciplinary perspectives.


  • Will equip the students with an enriching perspective that will enable them to make connections across disciplines
  • Will produce well informed and socially conscious citizens with an ability to have nuanced views on varied subjects.
  • Produce responsible and accountable citizens with a commitment to democratic values and constitutional principles.
  • Build multiple skills thus enabling students to find placements in a broad spectrum of fields from governance and policy making, electronic visual and print media, human resource and personnel management, economy, data analytics to civil society organizations.

Course Outline

Course Outline



Advisory Board

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Dr Gita Chadha (Special Advisor)

Sociologist, University of Mumbai

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Theoretical Physicist, Azim Premji University

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Dr. Chayanika Shah

Physicist and Queer Feminist Activist

Fee structure/Freeship, scholarship

The fees for the academic year 2022-2023 would be Rs. 1,11,000.

*Concession in fees for reserved category students shall be applicable as per govt rules duly adopted in fee fixation committee and authorities of HSNCU as applicable as per HSNCU notification.

Please reach out to us at liberalstudies@hsncu.edu.in to seek financial aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How can I make sure that it is safe for my career to be in the first batch of the program?

HSNC University, Mumbai is a culmination of three prestigious colleges, namely, H.R. College, KC College, Bombay Teachers’ Training College. All three colleges are accredited A grade by NAAC three times in a row. They also run PG courses in diverse fields which are operating smoothly. This particular program of MA in Critical Liberal Studies is shaped by eminent personalities in the field. The programme goes one step ahead in providing placement avenues to the students.

2) I am unable to afford the fees for the two year programme, are there any provisions for the same?

We believe it is pertinent that financial conditions do not limit students from applying for this programme. We have a range of financial aid and scholarships to offer. We will also mediate with banks and students for an education loan.

3) I am not from Mumbai. Is this a residential programme?

No, it is not a residential programme, however, you need to be in Mumbai. Please contact the Coordinator if you need our assistance in finding accomodation.

4) Does this programme offer a part-time option for working professionals?

No, this programme as per the UGC guidelines is a full-time programme which does not allow working professionals to pursue this course.

5) How will this programme increase my employability?

With its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, this programme engages in pedagogy and research meeting global standards. It will amplify graduate’s thinking abilities across disciplines, analytical and critical abilities and more importantly compassion.

6) I am already a graduate/post-graduate. How does this programme add value to my skills?

It is mostly possible that applicants to this programme will be graduates in a discipline oriented degree, this programme promises learning and skill development across disciplines and methods of learning. Our 30+ courses offered across four semesters highlight the same.


a) Candidates should have successfully completed Bachelor’s Degree of three or four years duration or Master’s Degree of minimum one year duration or its equivalent. Candidates in their final year of Bachelors will be eligible for provisional admission until they submit their marksheets and degree certificates.

b) Candidates should clear all their backlogs in previous semesters. For instance, candidates graduating from a 3-year degree programme should have cleared Semester 1st to 6th and those graduating from a 4-year degree programme should have cleared Semester 1st to 8th.

c) Candidates should have 55% (General category) aggregate marks in their Bachelors and 50% (for all reserved categories).

d) If at any point there are any discrepancies or misinformation found or discovered by the University, the University reserves the right to cancel their admission/application.

Admission Process

Filling up forms – 14th June onwards

Interviews and Admission – 10th July onwards

Orientation – 25th July