SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Social Anthropology

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 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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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 programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, 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

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. The emphasis given to particular regions and approaches varies with current trends in the discipline and contemporary global developments.

Students come to the course from all over the world, following BA study, work and travel experience or after long careers in other fields.

Many of our students have not previously trained as anthropologists. This combination of diverse experience and skills makes for an intellectually exciting atmosphere for both teachers and students.

The MA degree programme in Social Anthropology is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of student:

  • 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, who are required to pass all the examinations with appropriately high marks.
Students take three taught courses and complete a 10,000 word dissertation.

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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.

Programme Overview

The programme consists of four units in total: three units of examined courses and a one unit dissertation of 10,000 words.

Core Courses:
Foundation Course:
Option Courses:
  • The remaining unit(s) of your programme, either 1 unit of option courses (if taking Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology) or 2 units (if exempted from Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology), may then be selected from the Option Courses list below.
  • Your 1 or 2 total units may be made up of any combination of 0.5 or 1 unit option courses.
  • Alternatively, one language course may be taken from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures.

 

Programme Detail

Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Comparative Studies of Society and Culture 15PANC073 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 1 Unit Full Year
Foundation Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 1 Unit Full Year
Option Courses
Full Unit Anthropology Options
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 0.5 Unit Term 2
Half Unit Anthropology Options
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 0.5 Unit Term 2
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 0.5 Unit Term 2
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 0.5 Unit Term 1
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 0.5 Unit Term 1
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 0.5 Unit Term 1
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 0.5 Unit Term 2
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 0.5 Unit Term 2
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 0.5 Unit Term 1
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 0.5 Unit Term 1
Courses taught outside the Department of Anthropology

These courses are available subject to the approval of the course convenor and the agreement of the MA Social Anthropology programme convenor. Students may take no more than one full unit of courses taught outside of the Department of Anthropology. A language course unit in the Faculty of Languages & Cultures may also be taken instead. Alternatively, an approved Area or General course from the Music Department can be taken. See the Music Department’s website for details.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 1 Unit Full Year
Death and Religion 15PSRC162 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

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 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

A Masters in Social Anthropology at SOAS develops students’ understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised. This programme will leave the graduate with an advanced understanding of behaviour in social groups, for instance the social organization of a particular person: customs, economic and political organization, law and conflict resolution, patterns of consumption and exchange, kinship and family structure, gender relations, childrearing and socialization and religion. Over the years the SOAS department has trained numerous leading anthropologists who have gone on to occupy lectureships and professorships throughout the world. Equally, students gain skills during their degree that transfer well to areas such as information and technology, government service, the media and tourism.

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

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.

Adele Austin

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