SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language

duration:
2 years full time, 4 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

2018 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

  • Students who wish to know more of the transnational nature of the modern world;
  • Students who wish to continue their anthropological study at a postgraduate level and engage in critical contemporary theory;
  • Students who wish to understand cultural transformation from a global perspective;
  • Students who come from other disciplines, such as Law or Politics, and now wish to incorporate an anthropological perspective on issues of migration and diaspora.
  • Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist migration and diaspora related topics along with regional or language-based study
  • Students without a previous degree in Anthropology looking for an MA conversion degree to serve as a qualification for pursuing a further research degree in issues relating to migration and diaspora.

The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language courses will enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialized research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language, which will prepare them to proceed to advanced postgraduate research in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS or elsewhere.

The programme encourages a transdisciplinary approach to issues of migration and diaspora, providing historical depth as well as perspectives from anthropology, sociology, and postcolonial studies. The programme also works closely with a number of departments across the school, such as Development Studies, the Centre for Gender Studies as well as Law and Politics, which also run migration and diaspora related courses. Most of these courses are available as options on the programme, making it a unique MA in terms of both its breadth and depth.

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is considerably enriched by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, which runs seminars, films and public lectures and also hosts a number of international scholars. The Centre is also a part of a migration research network of London colleges including LSE and UCL. Students on the programme therefore have unparalleled access to a critical body of scholars and scholarship on migration and diaspora related issue.

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

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)

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Structure

Programme Overview

The programme consists of 315 credits in total: 255 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 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 all the core and compulsory modules.

All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods module.  This will not count towards the 315 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 255 credits from the option lists.

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 Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
CORE AND COMPULSORY MODULES

All students are required to take the core module worth 30 credits. Students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods. This will not count towards your 315 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
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
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 2
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
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
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
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 Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 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 Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Centre for Gender Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
Centre for Media Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 15 Term 2
Migration and Development 15PDSC006 30 Full Year
Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 15 Term 1
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Art of the African Diaspora 15PARC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Law
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
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 AND COMPULSORY MODULES

All students are required to take the core module worth 30 credits. Students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods. This will not count towards your 315 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
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
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 2
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
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
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
OTHER DEPARTMENTS
Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Centre for Gender Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
Centre for Media Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 15 Term 2
Migration and Development 15PDSC006 30 Full Year
Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 15 Term 1
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Art of the African Diaspora 15PARC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Law
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
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 Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 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)

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.

Aims and Outcomes

  • To introduce students to important areas of contemporary social theory which deal with issues of migration, globalisation, the postcolonial world, and cultural transformations.
  • To ground students in the historical basis of these issues
  • To encourage transdisciplinary thinking on issues of migration
  • To enable students to translate theoretical perspectives for practical application in the material world.
  • To provide students with a near proficient ability in a language.
Knowledge
  • Students will be expected to grasp the key debates in migration and diaspora studies from a critical perspective
  • To understand the global/historical/political and cultural background within which issues of migration and diaspora occur.
  • A critical understanding of the ways that migration has shaped the modern world, and the implications of this for future research.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • The development of analytical and theoretical skills based on a detailed understanding of the social science literature on migration and diaspora.
  • To approach theories and debates from a critical and reflexive basis.
  • To develop their presentation skills and their ability to articulate arguments coherently in order to promote class discussion and critical engagement with ideas and practices.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Communicate effectively in writing, in academic English
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources including print and other forms of mass media
  • Listen to and discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Students with no knowledge of media technologies will have the opportunity to learn photographic and film making techniques through the Media unit.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes
  • In the two year intensive language pathway, to acquire/develop skills in a language to Effective Operational Proficiency level, i.e., being able to communicate in written and spoken medium in a contemporary language
Transferable skills

Students will be expected to learn to:

  • Plan, organise and write masters’ level essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Understand unconventional ideas.
  • Present (non–assessed) material orally.
  • Function as a student and researcher in a radically different environment.
  • Be able to apply for funding to do a PhD.
  • Be prepared to enter a Social Science PhD programme.
  • An ability to work, and be at ease in, a multicultural environment

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. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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

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