Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Degrees

Nothing can match the intensity and depth of engagement with a different culture than that achieved through knowledge of a local language. At SOAS, we are committed to delivering specialist language-based scholarship in combination with regional focus and disciplinary skills.

Our specialists are committed to studying the languages, literatures, film and cultures (classical and contemporary) of Africa, the Near and Middle EastSouth Asia, and South East Asia. Our work covers a fascinating mix of cultures, languages, religions and traditions, many in dynamic, fast developing regions, which are assuming an increasingly important strategic role in global affairs.

Explore our undergraduate options below:

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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).

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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The English degree at SOAS place the academic study of English language and literature in the global setting of Asia and Africa, where SOAS has unmatched expertise in linguistic, cultural, political and social contexts.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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Prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students take modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency.

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Graduate Destinations

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills.

Graduates have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in both business and public sectors, such as national governments in many parts of the world, international organisations and development agencies, educational  and cultural establishments, non-governmental organisations, academia, and various United Nations organisations. Examples are given from the past two years destinations:

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

Class of 2017: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 66%
Studying 17%
Work and Study 0%
Other 17%

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