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David Whittaker

You will establish and hone key analytical skills, amass a broad and in-depth knowledge of your chosen field and, from day one, befriend students from around the globe.

BA Chinese and Social Anthropology

Students come to SOAS with an interest that soon develops into a passion and, in time, an obsession with their discipline. For me this is Chinese and Social Anthropology.

Throughout your course you may build on previous knowledge and understanding, but are more likely to deconstruct what you previously ‘knew’, learn to establish what you really ‘think’ and ‘thought’, and examine why.

For me SOAS offered a chance to combine my interest in China with social anthropology. I was able to focus on Chinese language over the first two years (one year at SOAS, and one year in Beijing), and now have the opportunity not only to pursue my interest in social anthropology over the next two years, but even to specialise in China and East Asia.

You will establish and hone key analytical skills, amass a broad and in-depth knowledge of your chosen field and, from day one, befriend students from around the globe. You will also have the privilege of access to a vast and extensive library, receive the wisdom of some of the world’s most distinguished scholars, and find yourself part of a university with a truly infectious enthusiasm for the world. You will be proud to be yourself and proud to be at SOAS.