SOAS University of London

Facts and figures

91%
satisfaction for teaching (NSS 2012/13)

Teaching

  • 91% satisfaction for teaching (NSS 2012/13)
  • Excellent staff/student ratio and small class sizes
  • Currently 52 UG students and 63 Masters students
  • 10 to 12 research students from various parts of the world join the department each year

Research

  • Top ten nationally for our research output of world-leading quality and for the vitality of our research environment (REF 2014)
  • A seminar series, frequent workshops and regular conferences with high-calibre international participation
  • Several research and reading groups for students and staff, collaborative activities with other linguistics departments in the south of England and other University of London colleges.
  • Frequent invited lectures and academic visitors, in particular from Africa and Asia
  • Easy access to excellent specialist library holdings and endangered languages archive
  • The department publishes two journals, Language Documentation and Description and SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics

Alumni and student stories

  • "My main reason for coming to SOAS was that this was the only place where there was a specialist who could supervise my thesis."

    I enjoy the student atmosphere here. The Students’ Union bar and café is cozy and friendly and I’ve enjoyed getting involved in the knitting for peace club. Also I have been impressed by the array of specialists in the department of Linguistics.

  • "Studying linguistics at SOAS has opened my eyes to a whole world of languages which can sometimes be overlooked in a Western education"

    I think the variety at SOAS is one of its strongest aspects – simply being a student at SOAS has taught me a lot about cultures and has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people.

  • "I am extremely thankful that SOAS has given me the opportunity to learn about my heritage"

    It is a quirky university making it stand out from all the rest, being extremely culturally diverse and welcoming towards students from all backgrounds.

  • "London is city that offers a thing to everyone. Luckily, most of these “things” are available for free or at a low price if booked in advance. "

    My primary destination has always been SOAS, not London. But I somehow got attached to the crowded, and yet cosy, streets of London, with its tiny cafes and shops that take you on multicultural tours around the world.

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