Languages and Cultures

Language and Culture

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Languages and Cultures Postgraduate Study

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Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? How will the issues of class, ‘race’, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, representation and religion shape our evolving global society? At SOAS, we are passionate about delving into our rich shared history of development to discover how our minds work and what it means to be human.

Our programmes are taught by world-leading specialists engaged in research grounded in a knowledge of the principal languages and cultures of two thirds of humankind.

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“My course took me on a journey from Cape Town to Cairo via Rwanda and everywhere in between” Read more

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 3″ tab_id=”1541592968056-7936d5a6-d349″][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item title=”QS Top Universities” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem138762.html” icon=”heart-empty” icon_color=”#8224e3″ icon_position=”center”]We’re ranked 9th in the UK for Linguistics in the QS World University Rankings 2019[/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_pageable][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”top” padding_top=”10″ padding_bottom=”10″][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1528109826153{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Taught Masters Degrees” tab_id=”1477303708313-a3a8deb1-d5ee”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text text_color=”#ffffff”]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Language Documentation and Description” tab_id=”1526638364453-ac513a46-2cfe”][vc_column_text]The MA programme in Language Documentation and Description is intended for students who wish to specialise in the documentation and description of languages, with a focus on minority and endangered languages.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/programmes/ma-lingandlang/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Linguistics” tab_id=”1526638357708-284872ca-99f7″][vc_column_text]A modular programme which combines the intensive study of the core areas of formal linguistics – phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics – with a choice of options in different areas of the discipline.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/programmes/maling/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Linguistics and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1526638361342-584d64d8-f3f3″][vc_column_text]This two-year programme is meant for students who wish to combine rigorous training in the discipline of linguistics, with the intensive study of one or more African or Asian languages.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/programmes/maling/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Translation” tab_id=”1526638367085-208d9a77-c116″][vc_column_text]The MA programme in Translation combines training of practical translation skills and/or cultural mediation with teaching of translation theories and methods. It is unique in terms of the range of Asian/African language and cultural specialisations.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/programmes/mathepratrans/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” inner_container=”no” section_type=”alternate” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ margin_top=”40″ overflow=”false”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1478283985799{padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Our research in action” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Linguistics research projects range from individual postdoctoral fellowships to large scale projects involving academics in different institutions.[/vc_column_text][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/research/” icon=”globe” icon_color=”#2c3e50″ icon_size=”big”][kleo_button title=” See our research in action ” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/research/” style=”highlight” size=”xl” ][/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ bg_gradient=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1477668739445{background-image: url(https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RS16032_ruins-lpr.jpg?id=160994) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”300px”][vc_column_text text_color=”#ffffff” css=”.vc_custom_1477668790128{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”]Our latest research focuses on two Bantu languages spoken in the Mara region of Tanzania: Ngoreme and Simbiti. These languages are both under-described and our current state of knowledge comes about through broader comparative work being carried out in the region.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” type=”color” bg_color=”#eaeaea” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”80″ border=”bottom” el_class=”col dark”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text animation=”animate-when-almost-visible” css_animation=”left-to-right”]

Graduate Destinations

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Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Here is the latest information from the known destinations of the 2015 Anthropology and Sociology graduates of single and joint honours within the department.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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  • British Retail Consortium
  • The International New York Times
  • International Alert
  • Interpeace
  • AMP Globe
  • BBC World

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  • CAFOD
  • Edelman
  • EY

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SOAS alumni and students around the world

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