linguistics

Linguistics

How do the world’s languages vary and what do they have in common? How do humans acquire languages? And what causes languages to die? These are some of the questions with which you will grapple studying for a degree in linguistics at SOAS.

The languages we study are spoken in Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Central Asia, Australia, the Pacific and Siberia. Our expert staff have practical, working knowledge of the discipline as they all undertake regular fieldwork trips to describe and document the languages they teach.

Undergraduate Linguistics Degrees

1st in London

1st in London for Teaching – SOAS University of London, National Student Survey 2016

Graduate Destinations

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.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

  • The New York Times
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Deloitte
  • Esdevium Games
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • MTA International
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Amnesty International
  • Etihad Airways

Class of 2015: Six months after completing their studies

In work 63.63%
In study 18.18%
Other 36.36%

Our Alumni making a global impact

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  • Degree: MSc Sustainable Development, 2011
  • Current Job Title: Programme Officer, UNICEF

“My current job involves supporting the coordination of projects in connection with health and nutrition, early childhood education, water and sanitation, child protection, and children rights. I consider my proudest achievement is to see thousands of war-affected and displaced children starting schooling, whether it is in temporary learning spaces or very attractive, colourful classrooms, ensuring them a quality and relevant education in their hometowns. My degree from SOAS has provided me with excellent guidance and tuition, which is greatly supporting the work I do today.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate” src=”“https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/abdul-caffoor-zarook-cedep-e1477489450102.jpg“”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”57%” right=”46%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Claire Arnott” tooltip_text=”

  • Department: Languages and Cultures of Africa
  • Current Job Title: Senior Advisor, Ten Years Time and Founder of Okapi Home

“My role is to design an education programme around the area of philanthropy, whether this is mental health in the UK or entrepreneurship in Rwanda, in order to build a strong understanding of the system: the gaps; the problems; and the challenges. Through this work I have been in contact with some amazing people from a massive range of backgrounds, learned so much, and also travelled widely across East Africa.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate” src=”“https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/claire-arnott-alumni.jpg“”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”38%” right=”45%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Bob Jones” tooltip_text=”

  • Degree:MA International Law, 2014
  • Current Job Title:Campaigns and Research Officer, Medical Aid for Palestinians

“. I currently work for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), working with local organisations in Lebanon and Palestine to improve the access of Palestinians to healthcare, by campaigning to overcome socio-political obstacles to healthcare and promoting the right to health of Palestinians.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”54%” right=”36%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Asad Hashim” tooltip_text=”

  • Degree: MA Anthropology of Media, 2011
  • Current Job Title:Programme Officer, UNICEF

“I wanted to better understand how news reporting and culture interact with one another. Armed with that degree, I started working with Al Jazeera English, with whom I stayed for five years as a producer and correspondent. Currently, I am the Pakistan correspondent for the Thomson Reuters wire news agency, the largest news organisation in the world, for whom I file both news and features.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”46%” right=”37%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Geetanjali Kala” tooltip_text=”

  • Degree: MA Global Media and Postnational Communication, 2014
  • Current Job Title: Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies, University of Delhi

“For a young scholar like myself, the diverse background of students and academics at SOAS was what inspired me to want to explore and make connections between various streams of knowledge in history, politics, language, literature, communication, media, music, religion and technology.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”71%” right=”20%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Imran Shahryar” tooltip_text=”

  • Degree: MSc Political Economy of Development, 2012
  • Current Job Title: Trade Policy Officer, Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA), Vanuatu

“ My work has taken me first to Sierra Leone, then back to London, and most recently to the Pacific Islands. Since April 2015, I have been working for a small inter-governmental organisation based in Vanuatu, which provides advice to the governments of 14 Pacific Island Countries about how to carry out the negotiations for a regional trade and development agreement between themselves and Australia and New Zealand.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”69%” right=”45%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Ivan Donduro” tooltip_text=”

  • Degree: MSc Research for International Development. 2015
  • Current Job Title: Trade Policy Officer, Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA), Vanuatu

“ My work has taken me first to Sierra Leone, then back to London, and most recently to the Pacific Islands. Since April 2015, I have been working for a small inter-governmental organisation based in Vanuatu, which provides advice to the governments of 14 Pacific Island Countries about how to carry out the negotiations for a regional trade and development agreement between themselves and Australia and New Zealand.“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate”][kleo_pin type=”circle” top=”49%” right=”32%” tooltip=”popover” tooltip_position=”top” tooltip_title=”Myo Ghettalae” tooltip_text=”

  • Degree: MA Human Rights Law, 2011
  • Current Job Title: Political Officer at the European Union Delegation to Thailand

“SOAS has certainly opened doors of opportunities for me. After graduating, I worked with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on social protection, with UNESCO on the right to education, and also with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). In my current job, I monitor and report on the human rights situation in Thailand, helping activists and civil society organisations voice their concerns to diplomats“” animation=”animate-when-visible” css_animation=”pulsate”]

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