Masters degrees in African Languages & Literature examine the rich linguistic and literary context of Africa, equipping students with the tools they need to interpret developments across the languages and literatures of the continent.
The sheer size and diversity of Africa means that scholars commonly choose to focus on one particular area or country, for example Eastern African Languages & Literature, or South African Literature. Postcolonial Literature and Comparative Literature are other popular routes into this topic.
Although Africa is regarded as the ‘cradle of life’ where the human species first emerged, the study of the languages and literatures that comprise the continent’s diverse past and present haven’t always received the scholarly attention that they deserve. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to break new academic ground in the field.
In terms of careers, a Masters in African Languages & Literature could lead to work in academia, publishing or journalism, or other sectors in which cross-cultural awareness is vital. Graduates often end up working in Africa.