The Master’s programme is only accessible after having successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures or after having obtained an intermediate level of the relevant languages and completed a sufficient number of background courses about the area you selected.
The (two-year) Master in Oriental Languages and Cultures offers a combined languages and cultures degree in the academic study of one of the following regional areas: China, India, Japan and the Middle East. You will be offered intermediate to advanced teaching in two language varieties from the area of your choice, specialist courses on related socio-cultural issues (including on interactions between the different subareas), and training to carry out academic research. In addition, you have a lot of elective courses.
A major difference with the bachelor’s programme is a more integrated approach to language, culture and research: you no longer ‘learn’ a language, but you study language, text and context simultaneously. Within the Master’s programme, you choose four ‘Language, Text and Context’ courses (in line with the specialisation of your Bachelor’s programme):
China: the courses modern Chinese and traditional language and culture;
India: the courses Hindi, Sanskrit and Middle Indian;
Japan: the courses modern Japanese and traditional language and culture;
Middle East: the courses modern Arabic language acquisition and Middle East Politics and Society/Culture as well as Islam in the past and the present.
The course ‘Culture in Perspective’ engages with the variety of approaches in the academic study of diverse themes.
In the Master’s programme, you can opt for one of the various professionalisation trajectories, as an extension of the minors of the Bachelor’s programme. You will have the opportunity to benefit from a professional work experience by performing an internship in a company, a cultural institution, a government agency or any other relevant organisation of your choice. Internationalisation is an important aspect of the Master’s programme in Oriental Languages and Cultures. You are encouraged to spend one or two semesters abroad, either in a country from the chosen area or in Europe. The internship can also be performed abroad. The programme culminates in your preparation of a master’s dissertation, through which you demonstrate your ability to contribute actively and adequately (including via your language skills) to current academic (and wider) understandings of China, India, Japan or the Middle East and their diverse but interrelated socio-cultural landscapes.