SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Social Anthropology and Intensive Language (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

Our MA Social Anthropology and Intensive Language 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

Combine Social Anthropology and Intensive Language

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.

Intensive language pathways: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Persian, South East Asian Languages (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese), Swahili, Turkish.

Why study MA Social Anthropology at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 5th in the UK in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Anthropology and 16th in the world
  • 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
  • join our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia
  • 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. 

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

See Department of Anthropology and Sociology

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.

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

MA Social Anthropology can be combined with the following Intensive Language pathways:

Structure

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.

  • Year 1: 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.
  • Year 2: students 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

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics offer information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Programme

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
702 Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15
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
799A Dissertation (MA) in Anthropology 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: Knowledge, Power and Inequality 15PANH084 15 Term 1
729 Anthropology of Sustainability: Global Challenges and Alternative Futures 15PANH083 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
702 Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15
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
799A Dissertation (MA) in Anthropology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
For Pathway - Medical Anthropology

More information

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
755 Anthropological Approaches to the Body and Embodiment 15PANH088 15
754 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
702 Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15
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
799A Dissertation (MA) in Anthropology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term
725 African and Asian Diasporas: Culture, Politics, Identities 15PANH085 15 Term 2
724 Migration, Borders and Space: Decolonial Approaches 15PANH086 15 Term 1
729 Anthropology of Sustainability: Global Challenges and Alternative Futures 15PANH083 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Development and Sustainability: Knowledge, Power and Inequality 15PANH084 15 Term 1
723 Diet, Society and Environment 15PANH090 15 Term 2
722 Food, Place and Mobility 15PANH087 15 Term 1
752 Anthropology of 'Race', Gender and Sexuality 15PANH082 15 Term 2
750A Ethnographic Locations: Sub-Saharan Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
750C Ethnographic Locations: Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15
730 Anthropology and Climate Change 15PANH070 15 Term 2
753 Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 1
754 Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives 15PANH089 15 Term 1
755 Anthropological Approaches to the Body and Embodiment 15PANH088 15

 

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.

Contact hours

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.

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.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Employment

Employment

Students from SOAS’ Department of Anthropology and Sociology develop an in-depth understanding of the world. Employers value our graduates’ cultural awareness and global perspective, as well as their skills in analysis, data interpretation and problem-solving.

Recent Department of Anthropology and Sociology graduates have been hired by:

  • Allen & Overy
  • BBC
  • British Council
  • Deloitte
  • Hackney Migrant Centre
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • IOM- UN Migration
  • Media 52
  • New York Times
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • The Week
  • UNICEF
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • World Bank Group

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I’m from Haiti, and my experiences there have helped me become sensitive to social and class struggles and political turmoil, which are topics that Anthropology provides tools for analysing.

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