MCH offers a carefully curated BA (Humanities) program that inculcates varied critical and creative skills across three years (six semesters). Keeping the larger goals of interdisciplinarity in mind, the first two years of the program offer a wide range of Foundation Courses for a strong grounding in fundamental concepts and recent scholarship. Foundation Courses are offered from the following disciplines – Literature, Sociology, History, Religious Studies, Film Studies, and Gender Studies.

Electives in the final year of the program give students the option of a Major in English, Sociology, and History. The program culminates with a research project and the writing of a thesis with faculty guidance.

MCH will periodically offer short-term certificate courses by visiting scholars and artists to encourage students to explore allied fields such as art history, creative writing, theatre, film appreciation, etc. In addition to this, the Centre hosts several workshops, conferences and guest lectures by renowned scholars throughout the year.

Life at MCH not only offers a nurturing academic environment but an opportunity to savor a taste of life by the sea. Flanked by the sylvan greens of the Western Ghats and the golden beaches of the Arabian Sea, Manipal facilitates time for personal growth, sports, and cultural events.



"MCH is an ideal place to spend one's undergraduate years. The curriculum is rigorous, but at the same time, students have more than enough time to explore areas within and beyond the academic world that catch their fancy. Each lecture opens up a world of possibilities. Not to mention, with faculty like ours, there's no Monday morning blues."

Laya Kumar, BA student

"MCH, according to me, is a place where one can spend their years of undergraduation in peace. The concept of having term papers instead of closed book examinations, gives you the opportunity to learn and explore whatever interests you. It is the perfect kind of liberal space which gives you the time to explore yourself and think, think about life."

Diptoroop Banerjee, BA student

"I spent a semester at Manipal Centre of Humanities as an exchange student from Aarhus University, and my experience was overall very positive. The courses offered at MCH were interesting and well structured as they covered topics of both Indian and Western literature and sociology. What I enjoyed the most about MCH is the sense of community and the way teachers and students engage with each other during and outside classes. MCH offers also different seminars, guest lectures and cultural activities throughout the semester - such as film and theatre clubs, music and creative writing events or movie screenings, which create a friendly and stimulating environment."

Lucia Mazzarello, Exchange Student

“I have now made two very worthwhile trips to MCH. Each visit was marked by much intellectual stimulus and serious discussions with the faculty and students, among whom the morale was  high, the scholarly commitment intense and genuine, and the quality uniformly excellent.”

Akeel Bilgrami, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA

“I have taught literature all my life in Indian and foreign Universities. Nowhere in my experience have philosophy and social sciences been taught in an interdisciplinary way except in this school. MCH has an excellent approach in its syllabus and its students will be unique as practitioners and teachers of literature. I could see they are trained to think creatively because of the courses they take in several branches of the Humanities.”

UR Ananthamurthy, Eminent Kannada writer and Jnanpith laureate

“MCH is asking its students to take as seriously as possible core questions in culture and power, across time – at present and though history – and space – in India and outside of India. It is demanding that they learn major works, both theoretical and empirical. It is inviting them to confront the problems, and promises, of disciplinary and interdisciplinary work…what more could one possibly provide one’s students?”

Sheldon Pollock, Professor of South Asian Studies, Columbia University, USA

“MCH has an international reputation because of its extraordinary faculty who are committed to studying how mind, body, and society are co-constitutive or bound together to form our ethical dispositions toward law, medicine, education, and economics.”

Carolyn Rouse, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, USA




The greatest strengths of MCH are its location, architecture, and facilities for artistic and scholarly thought. The building is designed in the traditional style of the inner courtyard, and students gather organically in the many cosy nooks and corners of the building. There is a renowned art gallery (K K Hebbar art-gallery, full of original work of the internationally renowned painter), as well as performance spaces for art practices such as theatre and music. The classrooms are equipped with excellent audio-visual facilities, and there is a substantial curated library (over 6,000 volumes and online journal subscriptions). Finally, there is a 180 seater intimate theatre (the Gangubai Hanagal auditorium) which has hosted some of the finest artists and scholars from the country and abroad. MCH students also have full access to shared MAHE facilities.



Coursera, the world’s leading online education company, has entered into a unique partnership with Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE) to offer curated educational content to Manipal Global’s  over 1.5 million active learners and alumni community.  This will allow Manipal learners initial access to more than 60 high demand Specializations and Certificate programs from Coursera’s leading university partners. The learners can skill and up-skill themselves in areas such as data science, analytics, computer science, and management. At the end of the programs, the learners will receive certifications from Coursera, the international university offering them and the Manipal Education Group. Manipal Global will enhance the learning experience by supplementing Coursera content with contextually relevant course material such as local case studies. Learners will have access to all the content through a single sign-on. Learners interested in this program can visit online.manipalglobal.com/coursera.

"I took some courses from the online learning platform Coursera. They have some terrific courses in History and Philosophy which helped me tremendously in deepening my knowledge of certain topics such as Western philosophy and Mughal history, which are a part of my syllabus at MCH. I found the material very well explained, informative and interesting."

Kartik Mathur, BA student


Key Dates & Deadlines


Last date to Apply


Course Commencement Date


3 years (6 semesters)

Career Paths

Many MCH Alumni have gone on to have successful careers in media, publishing, education, social sector, corporate sector, and arts management. Students have also been accepted in doctoral programs in prestigious international universities such as the University of Pennsylvania (USA), University of Chicago (USA), Columbia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), University of Toronto (Canada), University of Kent (UK), University of Groningen (Netherlands), University of Western Ontario, and Australian National University.


Access to hospital facilities gives student hands-on training.

Innovation Centre
State-of-the-art Innovation Centre facilitates multi-disciplinary research.

Laboratories give students the opportunity for practical experience.

Sports & Fitness
Marena has world-class facilities with courts for badminton, tennis, soccer & squash, as well as a well-equipped gymnasium.

Libraries give students access to study resources, digital, and print.

Student Housing
Student hostels are their homes away from homes.

Next Steps

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