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What will I learn?

Overview

This two-year programme is meant for students who wish to combine rigorous training in the discipline of linguistics, with the intensive study of one or more African or Asian languages. At the end of the programme students will be able to embark on professional careers in language-related fields with emphasis on the region in which the language chosen for the programme is spoken. They will also be able to undertake further study, e.g. for a research degree in linguistics.

Who is this programme for?:

The programme is run on a modular basis to suit students with little or no training in linguistics who:

  • Wish to acquire a more profound knowledge of the discipline or take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree.
  • Are looking to gain a working knowledge of an Asian, Middle Eastern or African language.

Teaching & Learning
Programme Aims

  • To provide students with knowledge of the discipline of linguistics
  • and research methodology in the study of language, both from a theoretical
  • and practical viewpoint
  • To provide students with sufficient transferable skills to enable them to
  • function in other professional environments related to language
  • To provide either a further qualification in linguistics or a preparation for
  • research (MPhil/PhD) study. By the end of the course students are able to
  • pursue further research or training, at either PhD or professional level
  • To provide the opportunity of studying one or more Asian, Middle Eastern and African languages. By the end of the course students are able to have an intermediate-level command of at least one language.

Employment

Many linguistics graduates continue their studies and go to do a PhD, either at SOAS or elsewhere. Others work in the domains of education, translation, information and media technology, journalism, publishing, consultancy for law and medicine, product-naming companies, as well as governmental organisations concerned with language planning, language policy and foreign affairs.

Which department am I in?

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£21,980.00 (US$ 30,253) per year
2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street,

Russell Square,

Camden,

WC1H 0XG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above from students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an institution with an admission difficulty rating of 'very' or 'most difficult'. Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an institution outside of this grouping are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

For international students

We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in all subscores. TOEFL IBT - 100 overall with 23 in all subscores.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About SOAS University of London

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  • London offers one of the best student experiences globally
  • 56% of students are international
  • One of the best staff to student ratios in the UK
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