SOAS University of London

How do societies interact with space? How are words used to construct ideas? Find out more from our students and staff about the questions and answers that the study of Anthropology creates.

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Studying Anthropology at SOAS, University of London

Facts and figures

90%
student satisfaction and 92% satisfaction with teaching – well above the national average

Research

  • Research Outputs ranked 4th in the UK (2014 REF)
  • SOAS, University of London has been ranked in Europe's top ten universities for Arts and Humanities
  • We have a lively research community: 50% of our students are registered for postgraduate degrees
  • Research Centres: Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies and the SOAS Food Studies Centre.
  • MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali is the only MA in the world that provides students who intend to conduct anthropological research in Nepal with the necessary skills (disciplinary, linguistic, methodological)

Alumni and student stories

  • "I’m from Haiti, and my experiences there have helped me become sensitive to social and class struggles and political turmoil, which are topics that Anthropology provides tools for analysing."

    I’m from Haiti, and my experiences there have helped me become sensitive to social and class struggles and political turmoil, which are topics that Anthropology provides tools for analysing.

  • "I was nervous about the prospect of getting back into higher education. But staff and students alike have made the transition a really easy process for me; SOAS feels like home, after only 4 months of study here."

    I was nervous about the prospect of getting back into higher education. But staff and students alike have made the transition a really easy process for me; SOAS feels like home, after only 4 months of study here.

  • "My commitment to the organisation shown through volunteering was a key factor in getting my current position, as well as my knowledge of the sector."

    My commitment to the organisation shown through volunteering was a key factor in getting my current position, as well as my knowledge of the sector.

  • "If you’re looking for a truly unique and inspiring university experience, look no further than SOAS."

    What has been the best thing about my time here? Everything. The course, the societies, the people. It’s sometimes hard to believe that it’s such a small university when you see how active all of the societies are. There’s always something to do, and the vibrancy and energy we have at SOAS both matches and is a testament to its prime location in London.

  • "This approach to teaching in the Department, in which theory is balanced with real life examples often results in passionate and thought provoking debates. If you miss a class, you miss out on an experience."

    This approach to teaching in the Department, in which theory is balanced with real life examples often results in passionate and thought provoking debates. If you miss a class, you miss out on an experience.

  • "Considering media in different cultural contexts from my course at SOAS helped me to think more deeply about the paper's role within its own society."

    Considering media in different cultural contexts from my course at SOAS helped me to think more deeply about the paper's role within its own society.

  • "There are always things going on, whether it’s a spoken word event, protest, or jam session in our JCR. I definitely think that it’s hard to feel bored at SOAS!"

    There are always things going on, whether it’s a spoken word event, protest, or jam session in our JCR. I definitely think that it’s hard to feel bored at SOAS!

  • "The range of academic expertise and specialised postgraduate courses show why the Department of Anthropology and Sociology continues to be so popular."

    The programme is structured so that students are given a huge choice of options covering a wide geographic, thematic and conceptual scope. This breadth and the inter-disciplinary nature of the programme guarantee that students bring diverse academic knowledge and professional experiences to tutorials and the postgraduate community. Further, the seminars and events organised by the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies really complement the course, convening scholars and students from various disciplines to discuss migration and diaspora issues.

  • "Studying at SOAS has been an amazing experience for me that could hardly have been matched by any other university!"

    The campus is just one big condensed version of the globe itself for students from all kinds of ethnic and professional backgrounds!

  • "I loved every aspect of my MA. The teaching was exceptional; our seminars were intellectually stimulating and fascinating."

    When I first came here I was very surprised on how kind, polite and caring everyone was. From the staff to the students, everyone was very welcoming and enthusiastic. Coming from a corporate world and living in a big city like London, SOAS has been like an oasis in the desert; a very colourful, blissful environment which makes you feel at home.

  • "Truly, deeply and sincerely, I love my time at SOAS and I cannot but seriously recommend that you choose to come here. I guarantee you that you will feel like part of the ‘family’ straightaway!"

    Being at SOAS has been one of the most interesting experiences in my life, from both a social and academic point of view. The School has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been. In fact, after my first visit to the university, I decided that if I did not get my grades, I would not go to any other place!

  • "The MA fundamentally challenge the perceptions students have of migration and allow students to critically question our own perceptions."

    At the MA Migration and Diaspora studies, students are allowed to see the human aspects of the topics which is often hidden behind the the endlessly debated theories, policies, numbers and finances.

  • "What helped me get the job was my previous experience working with the government [and] my knowledge of sustainable development as part of my degree."

    What helped me get the job was my previous experience working with the government [and] my knowledge of sustainable development as part of my degree.

  • "My time within the Anthropology and Sociology Department at SOAS has afforded a number of opportunities to fine tune my research skills and broaden my academic horizons. The calibre of research among members of my cohort has been particularly inspiring."

    My time within the Anthropology and Sociology Department at SOAS has afforded a number of opportunities to fine tune my research skills and broaden my academic horizons. The calibre of research among members of my cohort has been particularly inspiring.

  • "Beyond academia, there is a lot of opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities at the SOAS. "

    More than anything, I like the radical spirit nurtured by the SOAS despite attacks on activists and the spirit of protest by all manner of socio-political and economic institutions. The faculty, in what and how they teach, enhanced the analytical tools I have to make myself a better person, trying to make what one of my favourite philosophers, Judith Butler, has called 'a more livable world.' Thank you SOAS. 

  • "I considered a number of schools in Canada, Singapore, the USA and the UK, but SOAS intrigued me most: the choice to choose what I wanted to learn with South East Asia at a world-class institution."

    I considered a number of schools in Canada, Singapore, the USA and the UK, but SOAS intrigued me most: the choice to choose what I wanted to learn with South East Asia at a world-class institution.

  • "As an international student, I am lucky that I could study in the lovely city of London; and moreover, I am proud that I am in SOAS."

    SOAS creates a unique atmosphere that I have never tasted before. I truly love the SOAS community, or what I termed anthropologically as ‘SOAS-ism’.

  • "Students come to SOAS with an interest that soon develops into a passion and, in time, an obsession with their discipline."

    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.

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