The department offers four post-graduate programmes:
BA (Hons) African Languages
MA (African Languages) Coursework (Contains 50% Research)
MA (African Languages) Research
DLitt (African Languages)
Apart from modules on linguistics and literature, our Honours programme includes modules on terminology, lexicography, teaching of African Languages. Any person involved in the teaching of an African language will benefit by registering for this programme. Language practitioners, such as lexicographers, language planners, terminologists, linguists, persons interested in the study of modern and / or traditional literature, etc. will also find this a very useful programme. The honours programme also contains a research component in the form of an extended essay.
The MA (African Languages) Coursework has proved to be very popular amongst our students, since it combines taught work with research. Students can choose from a variety of modules in order to focus their studies on a specific subject field such as lexicography, linguistics, literature, and terminology and copy editing. The research component is represented by a mini-dissertation in any of the above-mentioned disciplines.
The MA (African Languages) Research option caters for academically strong students who are highly self-motivated, able to work on their own for extended periods, and who are deeply interested in doing research.
Both the Coursework and Research MA can be completed within two years, but students studying on a part-time basis might take three years to complete the programme.