SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Social Anthropology (2022 entry)

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MA Social Anthropology

Overview and entry requirements

Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different routes 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 course in also available as an alternative MA Medical Anthropology pathway, which is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to understand and address pressing global challenges in health and mental health from diverse perspectives: click here for more information.

Why study MA Social Anthropology at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 5th in the UK in the 2022 QS World University Rankings for Anthropology, and 10th 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 outside world 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

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) 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 2022/23

Home students fees:
£11,980
Overseas students fees:
£23,400

Fees for 2022/23 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 on the Postgraduate tuition fees page

Convenors

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Structure

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 compulsory modules listed below, except for students with a previous Anthropology degree, who are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology (TASA) module but may wish to select this as one of their options. In addition to TASA, students who choose the Medical Anthropology pathway are required to take the compulsory modules associated with the pathway.

Programme

Compulsory Modules

All students take 45 credits compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term
701 Contemporary Anthropological Theory 15PANH102 15 Term 1
702 Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15
721 Ethnographic Encounters 15PANH103 15 Term 1
Guided Options

All students choose 45 credits: minimum 30 credits from List A and up to 15 credits from List B

LIST A - Options

Module Code Credits Term
722 Food, Place and Mobility 15PANH087 15 Term 1
725 African and Asian Diasporas: Culture, Politics, Identities 15PANH085 15 Term 2
751 Conceptualising the Social 15PANH104 15 Term 2
753 Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 1
755 Anthropological Approaches to the Body and Embodiment 15PANH088 15
List B - Regions
Module Code Credits Term
750A Ethnographic Locations: Sub-Saharan Africa 15PANH063 15
750B Ethnographic Locations: East Asia 15PANH062 15
750C Ethnographic Locations: Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15
Open Options

All students choose 30 credits from List C or any module from the School Open Options List or a language

List C – Representative Open Options
Module Code Credits Term
730 Anthropology and Climate Change 15PANH070 15 Term 2
731 How to Change Things 15PANH093 15 Term 2
752 Anthropology of 'Race', Gender and Sexuality 15PANH082 15 Term 2
754 Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives 15PANH089 15 Term 1
Labour, Activism and Global Development 15PDSH032 15 Term 2
Economics of Environment and Development 15PECC048 15 Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Prejudice, Conspiracy and Misinformation: Understanding the Debate around '(Post)-Truth' 15PMSH038 15 Term 1
Dissertation

All students enrol in the dissertation module:

Module Code Credits Term
799A Dissertation (MA) in Anthropology 15PANC999 60 Full Year

 

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. The majority of the student’s time will be through their own independent study. Students become more active in class through their reading and essay-writing and should greatly enhance their participation in discussion groups.

Dissertation

The MA Social Anthropology 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.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
Home
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Overseas
Students
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£11,980 £23,400 £5,990 £11,700 £3,955 £7,725

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2022-04-05 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

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

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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A Student's Perspective

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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