School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


Our work covers a fascinating mix of cultures, languages, religions and traditions - classical and contemporary: Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia. The School is also home to linguistics, the prestigious Endangered Languages Documentation programme, and the Centre for Translation Studies. 

Our Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies offers postgraduate and research degrees which cover not only literature but also visual media, performance, popular culture and folklore.

Meet the academics.

Our Head of School says...

We are committed to delivering specialist language-based scholarship in combination with regional focus and disciplinary skills. Nothing can match the intensity and depth of engagement with a different culture than that achieved through knowledge of a local language. We collaborate with numerous universities to offer our students an opportunity to spend a year of study abroad so that they can gain a deeper insight into different societies and cultures and apply their skills to independent study projects. Colleagues are engaged in a huge range of research activities which all feed directly into their teaching, giving students the opportunity to learn from scholars at the cutting edge of their fields.

Facts and figures

8th in UK

Complete University Guide 2021 (South Asian Studies)

10th in UK

REF 2021 (Modern Languages and Linguistics)

Our research

Our research draws heavily upon the resources of SOAS’ world-renowned Library and its extensive Africa, Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia collections, as well as all the institutions, galleries and resources on our doorstep throughout London.

Members of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics are engaged in world leading research funded by a range of prestigious funding agencies.