School of Languages and Area Studies
Home to research, teaching and consultancy in languages, international studies and professional communication.
What we offer
One of the largest departments in the UK for languages, communication, and international studies, SLAS delivers a wide range of taught programmes, conducts world-class research, and undertakes consultancy and knowledge exchange.
Study a language: choose from Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish as single honours, combined or applied languages programmes.
Interested in communication and applied linguistics? You can study English Language, with optional pathways in Literature or Journalism.
Fascinated by the US, its culture, its history and politics as well as its influence on North, Central and South America? Join our BA (Hons) in American studies.
Gain knowledge, skills and experience within the transnational concerns faced by the developing world, such as climate change, migration, gender relations and access to resources, by enrolling on our International Development Studies programmes.
Continue your studies with taught Master's courses, or PhD research.
The School has an intellectually stimulating, diverse and supportive PhD community. We can provide PhD supervision on a wide range of themes and disciplines, with particular expertise in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language education, translation, international development, African studies, American studies, European studies and East Asian studies. For more information on how to apply, see PhD study.
Research and services to business
World-class research by SLAS staff takes place within the University's Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), with interdisciplinary work across the humanities, social sciences and arts funded by major UK and European research councils.
The School is involved in a variety of consultancy projects, including language extension programmes for PGCE trainees. We run short courses in English language for international clients, and our Translation cluster offers its language services locally and nationally. A CPD course in Gender and the Developing World is also available.