MA Linguistics and Intensive Language

General

Read more about this programme on the school's website

Programme Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


This two-year programme is meant for students who wish to combine rigorous training in the discipline of linguistics, with the intensive study of one or more African or Asian languages. At the end of the programme, students will be able to embark on professional careers in language-related fields with emphasis on the region in which the language chosen for the programme is spoken. They will also be able to undertake further study, e.g. for a research degree in linguistics.

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Linguistics:

  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • South-East Asian Languages: Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese
  • Swahili
  • Turkish

Who is this programme for?

The programme is run on a modular basis to suit students with little or no training in linguistics who:

  • Wish to acquire a more profound knowledge of the discipline or take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree.
  • Are looking to gain a working knowledge of an Asian, Middle Eastern or African language.

Employment

Many linguistics graduates continue their studies and go to do a PhD, either at SOAS or elsewhere. Others work in the domains of education, translation, information and media technology, journalism, publishing, consultancy for law and medicine, product-naming companies, as well as governmental organisations concerned with language planning, language policy and foreign affairs.

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

There are two different pathways for the Linguistics component of this programme: one for students with a background in Linguistics, and one for students who have no previous knowledge of the subject.

Two years with a background in Linguistics

Year 1 (two years full-time)

Language Component

Students select modules to the value of 60 credits in the selected language.

Discipline Component

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules below.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full-time)

Language Component

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits in the selected language.

Discipline Component

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules below.

Open Options

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the postgraduate open options list.

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Linguistics

Two years without a background in Linguistics

Year 1 (two years full-time)

Discipline Component

  • Introduction to the Study of Language

And

  • Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules below.

Language Component

Students select modules to the value of 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full-time)

Language Component

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits in the selected language.

Discipline Component

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules below.

and either

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules below.

or

Students select modules to the value of 30 credits from the postgraduate open options list.

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Linguistics

List of Modules (subject to availability)

  • PGT Linguistics modules
    • Advanced Phonology
    • Advanced Syntax (Masters)
    • Directed Readings in Linguistics/the Structure of Language A
    • Directed Readings in Linguistics/the Structure of Language B
    • Historical Linguistics (Masters)
    • Intercultural Communication and Interaction
    • Issues in Semantics (Masters)
    • Language Planning and Policy
    • Language support and revitalisation
    • Language, Society and Communication (Masters)
    • Linguistic Typology (Masters)
    • Translation Technology
    • Descriptive Linguistics
    • Discourse and Pragmatics: Language in Use (PG)
    • Research methods in linguistics 1
    • Research methods in linguistics 2
    • Translating Cultures 1
    • Working with language consultants

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Interview Policy:

Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Nov 2019

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