SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Anthropological Research Methods and Intensive Language

duration:
2 year full-time or 4 years part-time. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Social Anthropology or a taught Masters degree in social anthropology. This Masters is designed for students wishing to pursue a PhD in Social Anthropology. Exceptionally this course may be taken as a conversion MA. Students who would like to take this path must demonstrate a solid grounding in the discipline as well as the regional and language expertise necessary for continuing onto a PhD.

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

This Masters is designed for students wishing to pursue a PhD in social anthropology. The programme might also be taken as a stand-alone MA for those wanting training in anthropological research methods for professional development or practical application.

It can also be taken with an intensive language pathway over two years, therefore making this programme unique in Europe.

It is intended for students with a good first degree (minimum of a 2.1) in social anthropology or a taught Masters degree in social anthropology.  Students who would like to take this path must demonstrate a solid grounding in the discipline as well as the regional and language expertise necessary for continuing onto a PhD.

Exceptionally this course may be taken as a conversion MA. Students wishing to take this path must demonstrate a solid grounding in the discipline as well as the regional and language expertise necessary for continuing onto a PhD.

The MA in Anthropological Research Methods (MA Res) may be taken either as a free standing MA or as the first part of a PhD [e.g. as a 1 + 3 research training programme]. In the latter case, the MA Res therefore serves as a shortcut into the PhD. It is designed to train students in research skills, including language training, to the level prescribed by the ESRC’s research training guidelines.

Most students would be expected to progress to PhD registration at the end of the degree.

The Japanese pathway is available for students who have an intermediate level of Japanese. Students will be required to take a placement exam in the week before classes begin in order to determine if their level is suitable. Please contact Professor Drew Gerstle (ag4@soas.ac.uk) for further information.

The Korean pathway is designed for beginner learners of Korean. Students with prior knowledge of Korean are advised to contact the programme convenor, Dr Anders Karlsson (ak49@soas.ac.uk). Students will take four course units in the Korean language, one of them at a Korean university during the summer after year 1.

The Arabic pathway is designed for beginner learners of Arabic. Students will take four units of Arabic, one of them at the Qasid Institute in Jordan or another partner institution during the summer after year 1.  Programme convenor: Dr Mustafa Shah (ms99@soas.ac.uk)

Structure

Programme Overview

The programme consists of 315 credits in total: 255 credits of modules and a dissertation of 15,000 words at 60 credits.  180 credits will be taken in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 135 credits, in the Intensive Language specific discipline.

The programme can be taken as a full-time study over 2 years or part-time over 4 years.

All students are expected to take the core and compulsory modules and must participate in the Research Training Seminar.

The remaining credits can be selected from the relevant lists in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology or other departments.  See below for a detailed programme structure.

Programme Detail

FULL-TIME STUDY OVER 2 YEARS
Year One

In the first year students will take 165 credits - 60 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 105 in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
CORE MODULE AND COMPULSORY TRAINING

All students are required to take the core module, Research Methods in Anthropology worth 30 credits. Students are expected to attend the MPhil Training Seminar. This will not count towards your 315 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Research Methods in Anthropology 15PANC011 30 Full Year
OPTIONAL MODULES

30 credits must be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list.

Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 30 Full Year
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 2
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism 15PANC098 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Comparative Studies of Society and Culture 15PANC073 30 Full Year
Comparative Media Studies 15PANC009 30 Full Year
Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective 15PANC093 30 Full Year
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 15 Term 1
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
The Anthropology of Food 15PANC013 30 Full Year
Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 15 Term 1
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

60 credits must be selected from the Intensive Language discipline (see below). Over the summer period, students will study abroad in their specialised country of discipline. This will count for 45 credits.

ARABIC

https://www.soas.ac.uk/nme/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-arabic/

JAPANESE

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-japanese/

KOREAN

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-korean/

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGES

https://www.soas.ac.uk/sea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-south-east-asian-languages/

SWAHILI

https://www.soas.ac.uk/africa/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-swahili/

Year Two

In the second year, students will take 150 credits - 120 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 30 in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
COMPULSORY MODULE

All students are required to take the compulsory dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Anthropological Research Methods 15PANC998 60 Full Year
OPTIONAL MODULES

60 credits can be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list (see under Year One) or other departments (see below).

OTHER DEPARTMENTS
Centre for Media Studies
Religions and Philosophies
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

30 credits must be selected from the Intensive Language discipline (see under Year One).

PART-TIME STUDY OVER 4 YEARS
Year One

In the first year students will take 105 credits in the Intensive Language discipline. No modules will be taken in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

Students are not required to take any modules in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in their first year.

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

Students will focus on their specialised Intensive Language discipline in their first year and must select 60 credits from their language pathway (see below). Over the summer period, students will study abroad in their specialised country of discipline (click on relevant link below). This will count for 45 credits.

ARABIC

https://www.soas.ac.uk/nme/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-arabic/

JAPANESE

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-japanese/

KOREAN

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-korean/

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGES

https://www.soas.ac.uk/sea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-south-east-asian-languages/

SWAHILI

https://www.soas.ac.uk/africa/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-swahili/

Year Two

In the second year students will take 60 credits - 30 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 30 in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
CORE MODULE AND COMPULSORY TRAINING

All students are required to take the core module, Research Methods in Anthropology worth 30 credits. Students are expected to attend the MPhil Training Seminar. This will not count towards your 315 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Research Methods in Anthropology 15PANC011 30 Full Year
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

30 credits must be selected from the Intensive Language discipline (see under Year One).

Year Three

Students will take 60 credits in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. No modules will be taken in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
OPTIONAL MODULES

30 credits must be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list; 30 credits can be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list or other departments.

Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 30 Full Year
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 2
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism 15PANC098 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Comparative Studies of Society and Culture 15PANC073 30 Full Year
Comparative Media Studies 15PANC009 30 Full Year
Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective 15PANC093 30 Full Year
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 15 Term 1
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
The Anthropology of Food 15PANC013 30 Full Year
Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 15 Term 1
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
OTHER DEPARTMENTS
Centre for Media Studies
Religions and Philosophies
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

Students have completed their required number of modules in years one and two.

Year Four

In the final year, students will take the last 90 credits in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
COMPULSORY MODULE

All students are required to take the compulsory dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Anthropological Research Methods 15PANC998 60 Full Year
OPTIONAL MODULES

The remaining 30 credits can be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list or other departments (see under Year Three).

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

Students have completed their required number of credits in the language pathway and do not take further credits in their final year.

 

This is the structure for 2018/19 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Yes (Summer of Year 1)

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
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Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

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Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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