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00014 University of Helsinki



Altaic Studies (Altaistics) is offered as a major subject on an MA level only. This means that a student first takes a BA in some other discipline, e.g., in Central Asian Studies.

The MA programme in Altaic Studies has the aim of providing the student with the basic tools for independent research in the field. The programme is methodologically based on an interdisciplinary combination of comparative linguistics with various aspects of ethnic and cultural studies in the Central Asian region. The programme accepts students with a suitable BA background, which may or may not involve previous studies in one or several relevant languages. The institute has a BA programme in Central Asian (Turkic and Iranian) Studies, which offers one of the channels into the MA programme in Altaic Studies.