SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Graduate Destinations

A degree in Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East from SOAS equips students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding.  Graduates leave SOAS with linguistic and cultural expertise along with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers including 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.

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Near and Middle East 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.

Near and Middle East Underdraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 59%. Work and study 15%. Studying 9%. Other 18%.

Example employers:
  • Akademiker Sorburndet SSR
  • Cara / Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Cordoba Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • Edelman
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Humanitarian Research Service
  • International Society for Water Solutions
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Shi'ah Institute
Example occupations:
  • Associate Auditor
  • Community Advocate
  • Fellowship and Extreme Dialogue Intern
  • Graduate Development Programme Participant
  • International Account Manager
  • Interpreter and Translator
  • Researcher
  • Trainee Broker

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.

Near and Middle East Postgraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 75%. Work and study 0%. Studying 0%. Other 25%.

Example employers:
  • The American University in Cairo
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Eski┼čehir Osmangazi Üniversitesi
  • Foreign Office
  • Korea Energy Economic Institute
  • Master Technosoft
  • MEED.com
  • UNHCR (United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees)
  • United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
  • Cambridge Muslim College
Example occupations:
  • Civil Servant
  • Freelance Textbook Designer
  • Human Resources (HR) Manager
  • Journalist
  • Koran Teacher
  • Public Information Intern
  • Freelance Textbook Designer
  • Scholarships Assistant
  • Policy Intern
  • Research Fellow

What do Graduates do?

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