SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Linguistics Graduate Destinations

A degree in Linguistics from SOAS gives students the ability to engage in analytical thought, to carry out research-like work on unfamiliar data and to control and understand the use of language.  It provides students with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek including the ability to transcribe and analyse language; to present linguistic data in different formats and research analysis techniques.  Graduates from the Linguistics department have found that their language skills are in demand from a wide variety of organisations.

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Linguistic 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, and academia, various United Nations organisations, publishing and media organisations.

Destination of 2017 graduates (Undergraduates)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Linguistics Undergraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 63%. Work and study 6%. Studying 31%.

Example employers:
  • Blue Square Marketing
  • British Airways (BA)
  • Cratus Communications
  • Korea Trade Centre (KOTRA)
  • Rehash Studios 
Example occupations:
  • Assistant Manager
  • Communications Intern
  • Freelance Software Engineer
  • Marketing Campaigning Officer
  • Recruitment Co-ordinators

Destinations of 2017 graduates (postgraduates)

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Linguistics Postgraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 75%. Work and study 17%. Studying 25%. Other 17%.

Example employers:
  • International Finance News
  • Japan Centre
  • King Saud University
  • Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Minority Rights Group
  • Precise Media
  • Prince Sultan University College for Women
  • Selby District Council
  • Timor Aid
  • Zhejiang Normal University
Example occupations:
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Immigrations Adviser
  • Lecturer in Translation
  • Media Analyst
  • News Reporters
  • Policy Officer
  • Post-doctoral Researcher
  • Project Assistant
  • Public Relations (PR) Account Executive
  • Senior Strategy Officer

What do graduates do

Job Profiles and Careers Information

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