Asian and African Languages

58.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Concepts of Modern Asian and African Studies
  • Logic and Methodology of Research
  • Concepts of Modern Linguistics
  • Methodological Fundamentals of Linguistic Research
  • English / Spanish / German / French
  • Internship. Research Work
  • The language block of Asian/African languages
  • Comparative, Typological and Contrastive Linguistics / Typology of Verbal Aspect
  • General Morphology / Theory of Speech Communication
  • Text Linguistics / Ethno- and Sociolinguistics
  • Quantitative Characteristics of Different Text Genres / General Syntax
Our advantages
  • The master's programme ‘Asian and African Languages’ is aimed at developing in students a holistic understanding of: Asian and African languages; and the issues in modern linguistics. Students also study in depth one or more Asian/African languages.
  • Students receive practical skills in one or more Asian/African language, and the ability to define clearly the goals and objectives of research. Additionally, they receive a substantial theoretical background for future linguistic research. During the training, they become familiar with present-day concepts of linguistics and its fundamental issues, and major academic literature. They acquire an understanding of the laws that operate in a particular language. Also, they receive knowledge of: the integrated application of general linguistics methods to describe Asian/African languages and define their kinship; and the principles of constructing their genealogical classification and word etymology.
  • While training, students master: the ability to analyse critically and independently the data obtained during the research; and the skills of preparing their research findings for publication in Russian and foreign periodicals.
  • The programme is designed to develop in students a scientific horizon that makes it possible to: perceive and interpret scientific ideas in various fields of humanitarian research; instil professional skills of scientific inquiries and research; develop the ability to use efficiently the achievements of modern science; work in a research team; and use the knowledge obtained to solve theoretical and applied tasks.
Main areas of research
  • Asian and African languages
  • The sphere of interaction with Asian/African countries and peoples
  • Russian, regional and international organisations interacting with Asian/African countries and peoples
Career opportunities


  • Teacher of additional education for children and adults
  • Teacher of professional training, vocational education, and lifelong professional education and training
  • Expert in education
  • Museum curator
  • Guide
  • Specialist in organisational and document support for corporate management
  • Media correspondent
  • Media editor
  • Translator/interpreter