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Masters degrees in South Asian Languages & Literature focus on the analysis of languages and literary texts from the South Asia region, giving postgraduates a rich understanding of the linguistic and cultural history of these diverse countries.
Some programmes give students the opportunity to learn a South Asian language (or develop existing language skills). If this is of interest of you, you’ll need to show evidence of language-learning abilities (or prior knowledge of the language in question).
Common specialisms include Postcolonial Studies, Translation Studies and Comparative Literature.
South Asia is the world’s most populous region, comprising countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The study of the languages and literatures of these nations is as rewarding as you’d expect, spanning ancient civilisations through to contemporary, postcolonial society. Study abroad in South Asia is sometimes a key component of these courses.
You could study the grammar, history and structure of languages like Urdu, Hindustani and Bengali, gaining new perspectives on South Asian culture in the process.
Common postgraduate destinations include academia, journalism, translation and publishing.
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