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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Adele Austin

MA Social Anthropology

Adele Austin

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.

Mia Barrow-Sullivan

BA Social Anthropology

Mia Barrow-Sullivan

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.


Antonia Benfield

MA Social Anthropology of Development

Female Outline

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.

Darryl Chan

BA Social Anthropology

Darryl Chan

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


Sabah Choudhry

BA Social Anthropology

Sabah Choudhry

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.

Stephen Finch

MA Anthropology of Media

Male Outline

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.


Manon Griffin

BA Social Anthropology

Manon Griffin

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!

James Ingram

MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

James Ingram

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


Heidemarie Jahn

BA Development Studies and Social Anthropology

Heidemarie Jahn

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

Nafsika Papacharalampous

MA Anthropology of Food

Nafsika Papacharalampous

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


Maryam Ramadan

BA Social Anthropology and Development Studies

Maryam Ramadan

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!

Linda Renland

MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Linda Renland

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


Lisa Rheinberg

MA Medical Anthropology

Female Outline

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.

Caitlin Robinson

PhD Anthropology

Caitlin Robinson

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.


Shreya Ila Anasuya Sanghani

MA Anthropology of Development

Shreya Ila Anasuya Sanghani

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

Colin Savage

MA in Social Anthropology of Development

Male Outline

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.


Hang Wang

BA Social Anthropology

Hang Wang

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.

David Whittaker

BA Chinese and Social Anthropology

David Whittaker

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