SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

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 units 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.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: general linguistics; introduction to grammatical structure; introduction to phonology; intermediate phonology; intermediate syntax; topics in lexical semantics or language and meaning 1; advanced syntax; current issues in phonology; issues in semantics; language, society and communication; morphology; psychology of language; phonetics; topics in lexical semantics; language in Africa; Altaic morpho'phonology; historical linguistics; linguistic typology; the structure of Bantu languages; the structure of Japanese; extended essay in linguistics; issues in semantics; current issues in phonology; advanced syntax; dynamic syntax; topics in the structure of Chinese; independent study project in linguistics.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 60%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 67%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

77% Go on to work and/or study

In work 48
Studying 24
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 11
Unknown 13

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 46%

Total Coursework: 54%

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