Languages and Cultures Postgraduate Study

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.

Explore our postgraduate options below:

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

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We’re ranked 13 in the UK and 61 in the world in the 2019 Times Arts & Humanities Subject Rankings

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our research in action

Linguistics research projects range from individual postdoctoral fellowships to large scale projects involving academics in different institutions.

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.

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