SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

BA Linguistics

3 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • A language at A-level or equivalent is desirable but not essential.
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited
A Levels:
35 (665 at HL)

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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Programme Code: Q100 BA/LG

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Modern linguistics is the scientific study of all aspects of the world’s languages from their sound systems and grammatical structure through to the interaction of language with culture, the study of meaning in language, and the use of language in modern technology. Linguists try to establish what types of structures are shared by different languages and the extent to which languages may differ from each other.

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). In addition, students may also take modules dealing with language and social communication (focusing on the interaction of language and social groups), morphology (the structure of words), historical linguistics (the historical development of languages), phonetics and the structure of an African or Asian language.

Linguistics can be taken as a single-subject BA degree or a combined subject degree. In the single subject degree, students primarily study linguistics, with the option of taking up to three non-linguistic modules in other departments.


Key Information Set Data


Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

In linguistics, the introductory modules introduce key concepts in semantics, syntax, phonology and phonetics, and lay the foundation for work in succeeding years when intermediate, advanced and more specialised optional modules are available. Among the introductory modules in linguistics, Introduction to Phonology and Introduction to Grammatical Structure are core modules (i.e. modules which students must satisfactorily complete and pass in the summer examinations before being permitted to proceed to the next year of their degree). Compulsory modules are obligatory.

All BA Students take 120 credits each year. Over the course of the degree, single-subject degree students take a minimum of 270 credits in linguistics and combined subject degree students take a minimum of 150 credits in linguistics.

Year 1
Core Modules

Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Grammatical Structure 152900071 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to Phonology 152900070 1 UnitFull Year
General Linguistics: Understanding Language 152900069 1 UnitFull Year
Open Option - Language Only

Choose a language open option at an appropriate level to the value of 30 credits

Year 2
Core Modules

Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Intermediate Phonology 152900062 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Intermediate Syntax 152900032 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Intermediate Semantics 152900088 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Other Modules

Students choose modules to the value of 45 credits from List A.

Open Option

Students can choose an open option to the value of 30 credits.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following options. You may choose more.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Advanced Syntax 152900033 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Current Issues in Phonology 152900041 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Issues in Semantics 152900021 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Dynamic Syntax 152900093 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Optional Modules

Students choose modules to the value of 60 credits from List A or B.

Open Option

Students can choose an open option to the value of 30 credits.

List A (modules for year 2 or 3)

NB: Language in Africa is also available in year 1; available in year 3 only by permission of the Associate Dean Learning & Teaching.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Morphology 152900036 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Psychology of Language 152900082 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Phonetics 152900094 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Language in Africa 155900867 1 UnitFull Year
Altaic Morpho-Phonology 152900096 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The structure of Bantu languages 155902004 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
The Structure of Japanese 1 155900747 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Structure of Japanese 2 155900748 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Extended Essay in Linguistics (A) 152900097 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Extended Essay in Linguistics (B) 152900098 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Introduction to Arabic Linguistics 15290095 15 credits
Introduction to Arabic Dialects 155901396 1 UnitFull Year
Topics in Lexical Semantics 152900065 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Topics in the Structure of Chinese 152900066 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Issues in World Englishes 152900101 1 UnitFull Year
Intercultural communication and interaction 152900107 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
English in the Global World 152900111 1 UnitFull Year
List B (modules for year 3 only)
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Linguistic Typology 152900044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Historical Linguistics 152900037 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Independent Study Project in Linguistics 152900009 1 UnitFull Year

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Each module generally involves a 2-hour lecture and a tutorial, a 1-hour small-group discussion class each week. The tutorial is intended for further discussion of points made in the lecture and for the development of linguistic problem-solving skills.

Assessment varies according to the nature of the module. Introductory modules are assessed in the end of year exams in May/June. Other modules may involve written examinations, practical tests, coursework, essays or a combination of these.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


SOAS BA Linguistics students gain 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. Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail,analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

I think the variety at SOAS is one of its strongest aspects – simply being a student at SOAS has taught me a lot about cultures and has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people.

Lialin Rotem-Stibbe


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