Central Department of Nepalese History Culture and Archaeology T.U. Kirtipur Offers Master’s Degree Program in Nepalese History Culture and Archaeology.

Master of Arts (MA) in Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology (NeHCA) is a two years course under the Department of Nepalese History, Culture and Archaelogy. The Masters’ program aims at facilitating students to enhance their expertise the history, culture, archaeology, museology, iconography, tourism and other relevant disciplines. 


Archaeological excavation and exploration projects

Masters level students are to undertake archaeological excavation and exploration projects under Field Archaeology as a requirement under the curriculum. Excavations are usually undertaken in January and explorations in February however, logistics is managed by the department itself. This provides students with the opportunity to explore major archaeological sites in the country.

Internal Academic tour

Masters level students are also provided with the opportunity to be a part of the internal academic tour in Kathmandu valley. This allows them to explore the art, culture, and history of the Kathmandu valley that is known for its rich heritage and culture. 

Research and publication

The central department has been publishing the academic journal titled, ‘Nepalese Culture’ in series of volumes. The Journal provides space for prominent researchers and academics especially Masters and PhD students in the field to access and publish articles on topics covering culture, art, architecture, archaeology, cultural tourism, museology, numismatics, epigraphy, history, and society.


The Central Department of Nepalese, History & Culture calls for admission to MA program once a year, which is usually in December/ January. Dates of admission are allocated by the office of the Dean, Humanities & Social sciences.

Contact: Central Department of Nepalese History and Archaeology

Phone Number : +977-01-4331976Email:

Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu


The course spans over 2 years divided over 4 semesters with 60 credits in total.

Semester I
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
NeHCA 551Ancient Polity and Political History of Ancient Nepal3
NeHCA 552Medieval and Modern History of Nepal3
NeHCA 553Social History of Nepal3
NeHCA 554Cultural Tourism3
NeHCA 555Nepalese Society and Culture3
NeHCA 556Epigraphy3
Total 18
Semester II
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
NeHCA 558Religion3
NeHCA 559Philosophy3
NeHCA 560Principle of Archaeology3
NeHCA 561Field Archaeology3
NeHCA 562Economic History of Nepal3
Total 15
Semester III
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
NeHCA 563Pre-History3
NeHCA 564Architecture of Nepal3
NeHCA 565Iconography3
NeHCA 566Fine Arts of Nepal3
NeHCA 567Museology3
NeHCA 568Numismatics3
Total 18
Semester IV
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
NeHCA 569Heritage Management in Tourism3
NeHCA 570Himalayan Heritage3
NeHCA 571Research Methodology3
Total 9

Eligibility and Criteria for Admission
Candidates having Bachelor’s Degree in Culture or any other subjects recognized by Tribhuvan University are eligible to apply for admission in MA Culture . An applicant seeking admission to MA in Culture must appear and pass the entrance examination conducted by Dean’s Office, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The applicant who fails to appear in the Entrance Examination or to obtain the minimum qualifying score will not be given admission. The admission of students will be based strictly on merit list and the enrollment capacity of Central Department of Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology or the respective campus
Medium of Instruction
English will be the medium of instruction at Master’s level.

Duration of the Program
Two academic years will be divided into four semesters. The department follows academic calendar published by Tribhuvan University.

Hours of Instruction and the Credit Calculation
There will be 90 working days in each semester. Students must fulfill at least eighty percent attendance in each course.

One credit hour is equivalent to 16 lecture hours. One theory paper of one credit will have at least one lecture hour per week.

For practical courses one credit hour is equivalent to 16 hours. One credit will have two hours practical class per week.

Students must obtain pass marks in all theory and practical subjects separately in order to obtain the degree. There will be internal examinations in each semester carrying a weightage of 40% of the total marks. Similarly, 60% will be of end semester examination. Appearing in and passing the internal examinations is mandatory to take the final examinations. The pass marks of all theory, practical, research work, field work is 50%. TU-FoHSS/Controller of Examinations will conduct the final examinations, while the internal examinations will be conducted by the Department.

Grading system
Total marks obtained in internal and end semester exams shall be graded on absolute or relative bases.
The performance of a student shall be made on a four point scale ranging from 0 to 4 grades
A student must secure a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 or Grade B minus (B-) in each course.

Grading scale
Grade CGPA Percentage Equivalent Performance Remarks

GradeCGPAPercentage EquivalentPerformance Remarks
A4.090 and aboveDistinction
A-3.780 -89.9Very good
B+3.370-79.9First Division
B3.060-69.9Second Division
B-2.750-59.9Pass in individual subject
F0Below 50Fail
  • The students shall receive their semester grades and academic transcript grades only in letter grades and GPA scores.
  • Students securing only 2.7 in grade point are considered as “pass in individual subject”.
  • In order to pass the semester examination the student must secure a minimum of Grade “B” or Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A student who secures CGPA less than 3 may request for the opportunity to improve the grade in two subjects. The office of the dean will provide one time opportunity to appear in semester exam. The exam of the courses to improve grade shall be held as per the course cycle.
  • Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) is the grade point average of the semester, is calculated as
    SGPA = (Total Grade Points earned in a semester)/(Total number of credits registered in a semester)
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) which is grade point average of all semester is calculated as
    CGPA = (Total Grade Points earned )/(Total number of credits completed )