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.
Facts and figures
8th in UK
Complete University Guide 2021 (South Asian Studies)
10th in UK
REF 2021 (Modern Languages and Linguistics)
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.