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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Student Profiles

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

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!

Atika Malik

BA Social Anthropology

Atika Malik: BA Social Anthropology

SOAS is a brilliant place to study social anthropology.


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!

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.


Andrew Nelson

MA in Anthropology of Media

Male Outline

Thanks to recommendations from my SOAS advisers and securing distinction marks, I was able to receive full funding from the University of Virginia for my graduate work.

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.


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.

Laura Morris

MA Social Anthropology of Development

Laura Morris

I think my affiliation to SOAS has greatly enhanced my research and ability to network with others in the field.


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.

Lisa Poggiali

MA Anthropology of Development

Female Outline

My training at SOAS gave me the time to hone my theoretical interests and gain research experience, which strengthened my PhD application.  


Rouna Ali

MA Social Anthropology

Rouna Ali

Use the SOAS Careers Service whilst still a current SOAS student and not wait until after graduation to sort out your working life and career.

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.


Tiziana Battiston

MA Medical Anthropology

Tiziana Battiston

SOAS helped me in looking at my own cultural background with different eyes.

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.


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.

Darryl Chan

BA Social Anthropology

Darryl Chan

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

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.


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.