SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Facts and figures: numbers on our excellence

Our Profile

  • Number of Staff: 20 academic (permanent), 10 fractional teaching and research (fellows)
  • Research outputs ranked 4th in the UK (REF 2014)
  • Department overall ranked 19th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)
  • SOAS, University of London ranked as one of Europe’s top ten universities for Arts and Humanities (QS World University Rankings 2014)


  • Teaching ranked 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017)
  • 93% student satisfaction – well above the national average
  • UG Applicant/Place Ratio 5:1
  • MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism – the only programme of its kind in Europe
  • MA in Anthropology of Media is the first and still the only programme in Europe that specialises in bringing together contemporary anthropological concerns with media and cultural studies.
  • The Department is among the largest nationwide and has more students enrolled for Master’s degrees than any other department in the country. This means that Master’s students benefit from a wide range of courses and from renowned faculty with a variety of areas of expertise.


  • Research outputs ranked 4th in the UK (REF 2014)
  • Lively research community: 50% of our students are registered for postgraduate degrees.
  • Anthropologists in the Department have been awarded multi-million Euro grants to pursue large research projects.
  • Research students benefit from a regular stream of seminars and workshops helping them improve their writing and become professional anthropologists.
  • Research Centres: The Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, the SOAS Food Studies Centre, and the Centre for Ethnographic Theory.