SOAS, University of London
East Asian Studies and Linguistics BA
SOAS, University of London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The BA East Asian Studies combined degree programme blends the study of both East Asian languages and East Asia-related subjects in various disciplines. Compared to the existing single-subject BA East Asian Studies degree, there is less emphasis on language learning. There is no year abroad included.

Through the course of the three years, students take modules in modern East Asian languages at the appropriate level. They can start as complete beginners, or they can start from higher levels. Progression through a total of four levels is offered, whereas for those who exceed the highest level, language-based courses in literature and film, as well as a language-based dissertation, are available. The programme also offers courses in regional languages.

The BA Linguistics combined degree at SOAS gives students the tools to understand how the world’s languages differ and how they are similar, how they relate historically and interact today, and above all how they are structured. Linguistics takes you beyond merely speaking a language, and helps you see how languages, in all their diversity, actually function.

Linguistics at SOAS is all about appreciating the diversity of cultures beyond Europe and the English-speaking world. Anyone who has a particular interest in the languages of a country or region in Asia, Africa or the Middle East will feel very much at home on this programme. More generally, Linguistics is the ideal subject for those who are interested in human culture and psychology, but who enjoy approaching questions about our world within in a systematic, precise, logical intellectual framework.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 51 graduates of East Asian Studies and Linguistics BA at SOAS, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Linguistics.

Overall student satisfaction
64 /100
51 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of East Asian Studies and Linguistics BA at SOAS, University of London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of East Asian Studies and Linguistics BA at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £23500 £28000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £25000 £19000 - £29500 £22000 - £33000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Linguistics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21615 £21980 £26077
25-75 percentile range £18154 - £25769 £16379 - £28182 £19913 - £33179

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of East Asian Studies and Linguistics, BA you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

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Required skill level of job after 15 months

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Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of East Asian Studies and Linguistics BA at SOAS, University of London

25% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Elementary occupations
10% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
0% Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

A level General Studies is not accepted for entry. Contextual offer: BBB

60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.

Must include grades 555 at Higher level

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join East Asian Studies and Linguistics, BA.


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of SOAS, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of SOAS, University of London in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #8 
    • #83 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #33 
    • #44 
    Modern Languages & Linguistics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

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What students say about studying Linguistics in the UK?

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About SOAS, University of London

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London is a research university dedicated to liberal arts subjects, with a particular focus on the continent of Africa, and the nations of Japan, Korea, and China. Their modern campus is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Applicants can expect to find programmes and courses that take regions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and combine them with a particular area of academic interest. These might include, History, Economics, Politics, as well as Music and History of Art. This university offers a high degree of specialisation, ensuring that the teaching staff are able to deliver perspectives based on true expertise in their fields.

Where is this programme taught

Bloomsbury Campus (main)
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Main Site - Thornhaugh Street
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