- BA African Studies, BA African Studies and Another Subject, BA African Language (Swahili) and Culture, BA Swahili and Another Subject, MA African Studies, MA African Literature, and research degrees
- unique in the UK in the range of African languages taught
- wide-ranging research on and teaching of African languages, literatures, philosophy, and film
Facts and figures
- SOAS is the only university in the UK where you can learn a major sub-Saharan language (eg Hausa or Swahili), combined with more general (African) culture/language studies as part of a BA degree.
- NSS 2013 - 91% Teach 89% Overall 85% Learning Resources
- NSS 2013 – Ranked 1st in the UK
- 21st in the Guardian 2015 Guide (Languages and Linguistics combined)
- SOAS joining the global elite for Modern Languages in the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, where it has been ranked sixth in the UK and 32nd internationally.
- Home to the Journal of African Cultural Studies
Our Associate Head of Department says:
We invite you to join us in the study of the languages and cultures of Africa. Our distinctive focus on language-based scholarship enables us to engage with African literature, film, and philosophy through the words of Africans in their own languages. We also cover African literature, philosophy, and film in English. Our students gain a wide understanding and new perspectives on the diverse cultures of Africa. Welcome! Karibuni sana! Soo dhowaada!
Staff are engaged in their own research and publish extensively, and also collectively edit the Journal of African Cultural Studies, which publishes groundbreaking and world-class research. Current staff research areas include orality and broadcast cultures in Africa; African language metrics and traditional poetry; African language dictionaries and reference grammar; Afrophone philosophy; contemporary African literature in English; travel writing and diaspora studies; and African film, video and film festivals. Teaching and research go hand-in-hand, and with around 40% of our students registered for postgraduate degrees, we encourage close links between staff and student research.
- SOAS to host UNESCO event to discuss revision of language index
- Francesca Orsini awarded €2.5 million grant to study world literature
- Scholars secure recognition of ‘exceptional value’ of two endangered languages