SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Social Anthropology and Intensive Language (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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Overview

Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit three categories of students:

  • students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study
  • students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline
  • students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of social anthropology with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their anthropological knowledge in a specific region by achieving proficiency in a language.

Why study MA Social Anthropology at SOAS

  • our Anthropology Department is ranked 5th in the UK and 13th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings
  • we draw on the exceptional regional expertise of our academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and politics, many of whom have joined us with a practical working knowledge of their disciplines
  • you will be joining our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our optional modules and/or the optional modules from other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities

 This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record. See Employment for more information.

For more information email: anthsoc@soas.ac.uk

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
Two years full-time or four years part-time. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£10,170
Overseas fees:
£20,930

Fees for 2020/21 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

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Social Anthropology

Structure

Students on this two-year Intensive Language programme must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on this two-year Intensive Language programme take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

The structure of the programme can be adjusted for those who wish to take the programme part-time over a period of four years and/or for those who have a previous background in Anthropology. For more information email: anthsoc@soas.ac.uk

Please see the relevant web pages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics for information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
AND

Guided Module(s) from the Anthropology and Sociology list below, OR modules from the Postgraduate Open Options List, to the value of 15 credits.

AND

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the Anthropology and Sociology list below , OR from the Postgraduate Open Options List, to the value of 60 credits.

AND

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation

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

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
For Pathway - Anthropology of Development, Sustainability and Social Change 
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: History, Politics and Culture 15PANH084 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: Global Challenges and Alternative Futures 15PANH083 15 Term 2
AND

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
AND

Guided Module(s) from the Anthropology and Sociology list below, OR modules from the Postgraduate Open Options List, to the value of 45 credits.

AND

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation

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

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
For Pathway - Medical Anthropology
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Medical Anthropology: Bodies and Cultures 15PANH088 15 Term 2
Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives 15PANH089 15 Term 1
AND

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
AND

Guided Module(s) from the Anthropology and Sociology list below, OR modules from the Postgraduate Open Options List, to the value of 45 credits.

AND

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation

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

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries 15PANH085 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Migration, Space, Identities 15PANH086 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: Global Challenges and Alternative Futures 15PANH083 15 Term 2
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: History, Politics and Culture 15PANH084 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Food: Diet, Society and Environment 15PANH090 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Food: Politics, Place and Mobility 15PANH087 15 Term 2
Body politics: the anthropology of "race", gender and desire 15PANH082 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 1
Issues in Anthropology and Climate Change 15PANH070 15 Term 2
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 1
Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives 15PANH089 15 Term 1
Medical Anthropology: Bodies and Cultures 15PANH088 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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. The SOAS Anthropology Department sponsors several lecture series, including the weekly Departmental Research Seminar, the Food Studies Centre's Food Forum and the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies’ Seminar Series.

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.

Modules

During the academic year, modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and/or seminars. Students can expect an average of two hours of classroom time per week for each module. Outside of the classroom, students explore topics of the module through independent study and through personal exchanges with teachers and fellow students. In some cases, modules are taught by several teachers within the department to provide students with an array of perpsectives on the subject. All modules involve the active participation of students in the discussion of ideas, viewpoints and readings.

The Dissertation

The MA Social Anthropology and Intensive Language culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation, based on original research on a topic of the student's own choosing and developed in discussion with a supervisor.

Year Abroad

All students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

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 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,170 £20,930 £5,085 £10,460 £3,390 £6,975 £5,085 £10,460

Scholarships
Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2020-06-05 15:00

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

Employment

A Masters in Social Anthropology helps you to understand the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record. Our alumni include everyone from dance therapists and film editors, to teachers, gender violence outreach workers, television and radio producers, international development workers, journalists, analysts, web developers, and more. Students with a SOAS degree in Anthropology are regularly employed by NGOs, charitable organisations, media companies, and voluntary sector organisations. Recent graduates have found jobs at Action on Hearing Loss, British Council, Deloitte, Hackney Migrant Centre, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), The New York Times, and the Social Mobility Foundation. Many of our graduates have their own successful start-ups, and others go on to research degreees and lectureships/professorships around the world

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical and critical skills; ability to gather, assess and interpret data; high level of cultural awareness; and problem-solving.  

A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Africa Practice
Alastair Coey Architects
Bank of America, Tokyo branch
Citizenship Foundation
CNN
Department for Culture
Foreign Commision Office
General Medical Council
IBM
Institute of Ismaili Studies
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Mediacom
MMMF, the World Bank Group
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
Salaam Bombay Foundation and Samaskaara
Street Children Africa
The Freud Museum
The Prince's Youth Business International
University of Gadjah Mada
World Society for the Protection of Animals

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Consultant
Global Client Service Associate
PhD student
Secretary for the Minister for Communications
Social Researcher
Producer/Director
Lawyer
Business Analyst
International Trusts Manager
Research Fellow
Marketing Specialist
Overseas Programmes Director
Archives Officer
Director - Network Expansion
Health Promotion Consultant
Senior Lecturer
Online Marketing Officer

For more information visit Graduate Destinations for this department.

A Student's Perspective

Being at SOAS has been one of the most interesting experiences in my life, from both a social and academic point of view. The School has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been. In fact, after my first visit to the university, I decided that if I did not get my grades, I would not go to any other place!

Maryam Ramadan

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