SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology and Sociology Graduate Destinations

How does an Anthropology degree help with my career?

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology provides innovative and challenging teaching that develops students' understanding of the interplay of social, economic, cultural, political and interpersonal phenomena around the world. Anthropological methods and modes of analysis are  desired by a wide range of employers today, as our discipline trains students to make sense of complex factors that contribute to human behaviour at individual, collective, and societal levels. As well as detailed subject knowledge, graduates are equipped with a portfolio of transferable skills including qualitative research and analysis, written and oral communication, and planning and organisation, along with the ability to work in teams.

Former Anthropology and Sociology students have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in business and public sectors, as well as continuing in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destinations of 2017 Graduates: Undergraduates

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Anthropology Undergraduate 2017 graduate six months after completing their studies. In Work 33%. Work and Study 3%. Studying 30%. Other 33%.
Example employers include:
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Deloitte
  • Esdevium Games
  • Hackney Migrant Centre
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • MTA International
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • Razor Research
  • The New York Times
  • Three Faiths Forum 3FF
Example occupations include:
  • Consultant
  • Education Worker
  • Film Editor
  • Games Demonstrator
  • Gender Violence Outreach Worker
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Intern
  • Project Officer
  • Research Executive
  • Web Developer

Destination of 2017 Graduates: Postgraduates

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Anthropology Postgraduate 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 77%. Work and Study 4%. Studying 8%. Other 11%.
Example employers include:
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Amnesty International
  • Department for International Development
  • Dublin Institute Technology
  • Etihad Airways
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • London International Development Centre (LIDC)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Somali Embassy
  • Stroz Freidberg
  • UNHCR (United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees)
  • Westat
Example occupations include:
  • Advocacy Intern
  • Analyst
  • Cultural Development Leader
  • Education Champions Co-Ordinator
  • Food Events Co-Ordinator
  • Media Reform Programme Adviser
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer
  • Programme Manager for Humanitarian Research
  • Project Manager
  • Research Assistant

What do Graduates do?

Job Profiles and Careers Information

  • Occupational profiles for 600 career areas on Prospects
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