SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (not running 2018/19) (2018 entry)

Please note that that this degree will NOT be running in 2018/19

duration:
1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time.

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

Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours degree (or equivalent, e.g. 3.3 GPA or higher); other strong qualifications may be taken into account.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

The degree is suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage. Our students come from all over the world, following BA study, a masters degree in another field, or work and travel experience. This combination of diverse backgrounds and skills creates a uniquely stimulating intellectual environment. Many of our graduates go on to a PhD, while others pursue careers in research and consulting, NGOs, museums and other cultural institutions, travel-writing alternative tourism enterprises, government agencies, and for-profit businesses.

Please note that that this degree will NOT be running in 2018/19

The SOAS MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism enables students to pursue specialist interests in global voluntary mobility while gaining advanced training in social and cultural anthropology in a world-leading department. Combining a rigorous set of core courses with options to suit each student’s unique interests, the programme is designed to accommodate students with or without a prior degree in Social Anthropology. 

Students will develop expertise in anthropological theory and practice; learn to undertake ethnographic research; and gain comprehensive grounding in the anthropological study of travel and tourism, including issues of development, political economy, cultural change, heritage, cross-cultural encounter, representation and meaning, space and place, commodification, and interconnections between diverse histories and cultures of travel worldwide. Learn about the Anthropology modules (courses) for this programme.

Tourism is not only a culturally and historically shaped form of travel, but a complex social field that spans the globe, comprised of diverse actors, institutions, activities, and modes of interaction that overlap with and cross-cross other forms of global interconnection. As a whole, it comprises the world's largest industry and the single greatest peacetime factor moving people around the globe.

Both a manifestation and a medium of globalisation, tourism has profound significance in multiple realms of human life—economic, environmental, material, social, and cultural. This makes it an ideal lens through which to explore core themes in contemporary social anthropology, such as identity and alterity, political economy, development, heritage, locality, representation, imagination, commodification, and the global circulation of people, objects, ideas, images, and capital.

The MA programme draws upon:

  • the emerging body of theoretically sophisticated, ethnographically rich work involving tourism and travel;
  • a thorough grounding in the history and contemporary theoretical trends of social-cultural anthropology;
  • close engagement with noted and rising scholars in the field, via the programme's Colloquium Series in the Anthropology of Tourism and Travel, as well as opportunities for informal dialogue with visiting anthropologists and sociologists of travel/tourism/mobilities;
  • other areas of expertise in the Department of Anthropology, including anthropology of development, migration and diaspora, museums and material culture, anthropology of food, global religious movements, anthropology of media, human rights, and anthropology of globalisation;
  • the unparalleled concentration of area expertise among SOAS' academic staff, covering Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, together with their diasporas;
  • the opportunity to engage with numerous other units at SOAS, such as the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Food Studies Centre, the Centre for Ethnographic Theory, and the Centre for Media Studies, among many others; and 
  • the vibrant intellectual and cultural life of the School, the University of London, and the city of London itself—a global tourist destination inviting study on a daily basis.


View a sampling of past MA dissertation titles

View profiles of alumni and current students

Language Study

Beginning in 2018-19, the MA programme will also be available as a 2- or 4-year (full- or part-time) MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism with Intensive Study of Arabic, Japanese, or Korean (other languages likely to be added).

All SOAS MA students, regardless of department or degree, are entitled to register for one language course for free through our Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). This course is additional to your regular syllabus and is not for credit. Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others are often offered. You must sign up before instruction begins and space fills quickly. Learn more and reserve your place here: Language Entitlement Programme

Email: Dr. Naomi Leite, nl15@soas.ac.uk

Convenors

Structure

Programme Overview

The programme consists of 180 credits in total: 120 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words at 60 credits.

All students are expected to take the core and compulsory modules listed below, except for students with a previous Anthropology degree, who are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology module but may wish to select this as part of their 120 credits from the options lists.

All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods during term 1.  This will not count towards the 180 credits.  Students will be expected to attend only lectures and do not attend seminars or submit any assessments.  Students may choose to take this module (worth 15 credits) as part of their 120 credits from the option lists.

Students with a previous Anthropology degree will be required to take 30 credits from the Anthropology and Sociology options list.

All students can select the remaining credits from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology or relevant options from other departments or a language module. Note that students are NOT limited to the modules in other departments listed below; additional options may be available on approval. See below for a detailed programme structure.

Language Entitlement Programme:

Many students choose to pursue language study through the SOAS Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others may also be offered.

Programme Detail

Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
For students WITHOUT previous Anthropology degree
Taught Component
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism 15PANC098 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Guided Option
AND

Choose modules from the List of Anthropology & Sociology modules below to the value of 60 credits

OR

Choose modules from List of departments below to the value of 60 credits

OR

Choose Post Graduate Language modules to the value of 60 credits

For students WITH previous Anthropology degree
Taught Component
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism 15PANC098 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Guided Option
AND

Choose modules from the List of Anthropology & Sociology modules below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose modules from the List of Anthropology & Sociology modules below to the value of 60 credits

OR

Choose modules from List of departments below to the value of 60 credits

OR

Choose Post Graduate Language modules to the value of 60 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
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
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 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
Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Tourism 15PANH060 15 Full Year
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 15 Term 1
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 15 Term 1
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Centre for Media Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Environment, Governance and Development 15PDSH050 15 Term 2
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2
Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2018/19
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 15 Term 1
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Conflict in Nepal 15PSAH017 15 Term 1
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Language Modules

http://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecultures/courses/

 

This is the structure for applicants

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

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The learning environments making up the MA programme in Anthropology of Travel and Tourism run the gamut from lecture halls to intimate seminar rooms, suiting a wide range of learning styles. Study a language; take a course (or two) in anthropology of human rights, development, globalisation, religion, or gender, among many others; choose a course in another department that catches your interest and contributes to your dissertation plans, from world music to development studies. Learn more about available Anthropology modules (courses).

The academic staff in the Department of Anthropology are dynamic, experienced teachers who are widely recognised for their expertise and enjoy working directly with students. Renowned scholars from other institutions also come to share their knowledge: nearly every day of the week, the SOAS Anthropology Department has a public lecture series running, including series in the general Social Anthropology, Anthropology of Food, Migration and Diaspora Studies, and, of course, Anthropology of Tourism and Travel. 

In addition to these formal settings for learning, our students also learn from one another. Hailing from around the globe and bringing diverse life experiences to bear on their studies, all MA students in the Department of Anthropology can take courses together, making it a rich environment for intellectual exchange. Students also benefit from campus-wide programmes, clubs, study groups, and performances.

Many students in the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism opt for hands-on learning via the half-unit Directed Practical Study in Anthropology of Tourism course, with placements in leading UK-based NGOs like Equality in Tourism and Tourism Concern, among others, as well as in private tour operator firms, providing background material for future research.

While students in the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism may take a language course for credit, all SOAS MA students, regardless of department or degree, are also entitled to register for non-credit free courses in a single language through the Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others may also be offered. 

Pre Entry Reading

All incoming students will be expected to have read at least two of the following. These are paperbacks written for newcomers to the discipline, widely available used online and relatively affordable to purchase new.

Introducing anthropology:
  • Erikson, Thomas Hylland. What is Anthropology? Pluto Press, 2004.
  • Hendry, Joy and Simon Underdown. Anthropology: A Beginner's Guide. Oneworld, 2012.
  • Erikson, Thomas Hylland. Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, 4th edPluto Press, 2015. (*3rd edition also ok)
  • Hendry, Joy. An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Sharing Our Worlds. Palgrave, 2008.
Further readings in anthropological theory and method:
  • Agar, Michael. The Professional Stranger: An Informal Introduction to Ethnography, 2nd edEmerald Group Publishing, 2008.
  • Gay y Blasco, Paloma and Huon Wardle. How to Read EthnographyRoutledge, 2006.
  • Rapport, Nigel and Joanna Overing. Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts, 3rd ed. Routledge, 2015. (*2nd edition also ok)

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. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-19 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Please see our Alumni Profiles.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

My course has opened up the possibility of lots of exciting career paths; I am currently considering the option of travel writing, trainee journalism with the BBC, or digital marketing.

Ella Britton

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How to apply

Please note that that this degree will NOT be running in 2018/19

You may be interested in one of our other Anthropology programmes.

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