SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

BA Linguistics

duration:
3 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • A language at A-level or equivalent is desirable but not essential.
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: Q100 BA/LG

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Modern linguistics is the scientific study of all aspects of the world’s languages from their sound systems and grammatical structure through to the interaction of language with culture, the study of meaning in language, and the use of language in modern technology. Linguists try to establish what types of structures are shared by different languages and the extent to which languages may differ from each other.

BA Linguistics is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the way that languages are universally structured and trains students to master all the basic skills necessary for the analysis of different sound systems and semantics (the study of meaning in language). In addition, students may also take units dealing with language and social communication (focusing on the interaction of language and social groups), morphology (the structure of words), historical linguistics (the historical development of languages), phonetics and the structure of an African or Asian language.

Linguistics can be taken as a single-subject BA degree or a combined subject degree. In the single subject degree, students primarily study linguistics, with the option of taking up to three non-linguistic units in other departments.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

In linguistics, the introductory modules introduce key concepts in semantics, syntax, phonology and phonetics, and lay the foundation for work in succeeding years when intermediate, advanced and more specialised optional modules are available. Among the introductory modules in linguistics, Introduction to Phonology and Introduction to Grammatical Structure are core modules (i.e. modules which students must satisfactorily complete and pass in the summer examinations before being permitted to proceed to the next year of their degree). Compulsory units are obligatory.

All BA Students take 4 units per year. Over the course of the degree, single-subject degree students take a minimum of 9 units in linguistics and combined subject degree students take a minimum of 5 units in linguistics.

Year 1
Core Modules

Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Grammatical Structure 152900071 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Phonology 152900070 1 Unit Full Year
General Linguistics 152900069 1 Unit Full Year
Open Option - Language Only

Choose a language open option at an appropriate level.

Year 2
Core Modules

Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Intermediate Phonology 152900062 0.5 Unit Term 1
Intermediate Syntax 152900032 0.5 Unit Term 1
Intermediate Semantics 152900088 0.5 Unit Term 1
1.5 Other Units

Students choose modules to the value of 1.5 Units from List A.

Open Option

Students can choose one unit from the open options list.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules

Choose modules to the value of 1 unit from the following options.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Syntax 152900033 0.5 Unit Term 2
Current Issues in Phonology 152900041 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in Semantics 152900021 0.5 Unit Term 2
Dynamic Syntax 152900093 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
2 Optional units

Students choose modules to the value of 2 units from List A or B.

Open Option

Students can choose one unit from the open options list.

List A (modules for year 2 or 3)

NB: Language in Africa is also available in year 1; available in year 3 only by permission of the Associate Dean Learning & Teaching.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 0.5 Unit Term 1
Morphology 152900036 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Psychology of Language 152900082 0.5 Unit Term 2
Phonetics 152900094 0.5 Unit Term 1
Language in Africa 155900867 1 Unit Full Year
Altaic Morpho-Phonology 152900096 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The structure of Bantu languages 155902004 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The Structure of Japanese 1 155900747 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Structure of Japanese 2 155900748 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Extended Essay in Linguistics (A) 152900097 0.5 Unit Term 1
Extended Essay in Linguistics (B) 152900098 0.5 Unit Term 2
Introduction to Arabic Linguistics 152900095 0.5 units Unit
Topics in Lexical Semantics 152900065 0.5 Unit Term 2
Topics in the Structure of Chinese 152900066 0.5 Unit Term 1
List B (modules for year 3 only)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in Semantics 152900021 0.5 Unit Term 2
Current Issues in Phonology 152900041 0.5 Unit Term 2
Advanced Syntax 152900033 0.5 Unit Term 2
Dynamic Syntax 152900093 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Linguistic Typology 152900044 0.5 Unit Term 2
Historical Linguistics 152900037 0.5 Unit Term 1
Independent Study Project in Linguistics 152900009 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Each unit generally involves a 2-hour lecture and a tutorial, a 1-hour small-group discussion class each week. The tutorial is intended for further discussion of points made in the lecture and for the development of linguistic problem-solving skills.

Assessment varies according to the nature of the unit. Introductory modules are assessed in the end of year exams in May/June. Other units may involve written examinations, practical tests, course work, essays or a combination of these.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Employment

SOAS BA Linguistics students gain the ability to engage in analytical thought, to carry out research-like work on unfamiliar data and to control and understand the use of language. Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail,analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

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.

Lialin Rotem-Stibbe

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