Anthropology

Anthropology

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Anthropology Postgraduate Degrees

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Anthropology is at the heart of SOAS, being central to the shared objective of widening horizons, fostering cross-cultural perspectives, challenging taken-for-granted assumptions, and critical engagement with urgent issues.

At SOAS you will find a community of teachers, researchers and students who are motivated by an irrepressible curiosity about the world and a firm commitment to the highest standards of academic rigour.

Explore our postgraduate options below:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”5px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1527246006656{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-left: 5px !important;}”][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ autoplay=”4″ active_section=”1″ pagination_style=”flat-round” css=”.vc_custom_1527621631286{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: -20px !important;border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;border-left-style: none !important;border-right-style: none !important;border-top-style: none !important;border-bottom-style: none !important;}”][vc_tta_section title=”Section 2″ tab_id=”1519833519976-87399665-d388″][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item title=”QS Top Universities” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem138762.html” icon=”heart-empty” icon_color=”#5c068c” icon_position=”center”]We’re ranked 6 in the UK and 16 in the world for Anthropology in the QS World University Rankings 2019[/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1519833519917-8ed1d71e-446f”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1528211435828{margin-bottom: -5px !important;}”]

Introduction to Anthropology at SOAS

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/-p8R7SBeHzo” el_width=”70″ align=”center”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_pageable][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ padding_top=”10″][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1525342854176{margin-top: -30px !important;}”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”1″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropological Research Methods” tab_id=”1476872017435-1cd52930-dd0c2a23-4fe9″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Designed to train students in research skills to the level prescribed by the ESRC’s research training guidelines. Most students would be expected to progress to PhD registration at the end of the degree.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/maanthresmethods/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropological Research Methods and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1476875280107-10627f0b-41ce2a23-4fe9″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Designed for students wishing to pursue a PhD in social anthropology. Can be taken with an intensive language pathway over two years, therefore making the programme unique in Europe.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropological-research-methods-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali” tab_id=”1477388785426-34c04c7d-fe80″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research in Nepal with the necessary disciplinary, linguistic, and methodological skills.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-research-methods-nepali/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropology of Food” tab_id=”1477388808912-cc85b588-a072″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Offers students the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/maanthoffood/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropology of Food and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1528195849613-68e87f47-366a”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Offers students the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-food-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropology of Media (Not running 2018/2019)” tab_id=”1477388824213-18da2b4c-3419″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/maanthofmedia/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropology of Media and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1541412803772-fe2fd998-74f2″][vc_column_text]This programme both incorporates and challenges the well-established anthropological concerns with visual culture and ethnographic film through a more extensive examination of contemporary media practices.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-media-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (Not running 2018/2019)” tab_id=”1477388848774-9d08ba9a-4b60″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-travel-and-tourism/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1528196026785-23670a89-ec15″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-travel-and-tourism/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Medical Anthropology” tab_id=”1477388873319-38f75821-a4f5″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Suitable for students with an intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health as well as for those who work in health care in Africa and Asia.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/mamedanth/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1525349244764{margin-top: -30px !important;}”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”MA Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1477583403182-812b21b4-fb77″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This programme is unique as it takes a cultural and phenomenological approach to the anthropology of medicine.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-medical-anthropology-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies” tab_id=”1477583410794-dd817e90-094c”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]A broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialised research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/basocanthand/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1477583404722-d3068921-2484″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]For students who want to receive specialised research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language, which will prepare them to proceed to advanced postgraduate research.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-migration-and-diaspora-studies-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies” tab_id=”1477583406215-fe639b98-f9e8″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the museum, heritage and arts sectors with a focus on non-Western art and culture, and both tangible and intangible heritage.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-museums-heritage-and-material-culture-studies/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Social Anthropology” tab_id=”1477583407518-f3bc0526-6569″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/masocanth/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Social Anthropology with Intensive Language” tab_id=”1528196095518-52eecd62-47b6″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-social-anthropology-with-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Social Anthropology of Development” tab_id=”1477583409114-d2598c94-377b”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Provides students with a detailed knowledge of anthropology, development issues, research methods and either an ethnographic region (and/or language) and/or thematic interest in health/gender/food/ media.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/masocanthdev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Social Anthropology of Development with Intensive Language” tab_id=”1528196231844-e921ab58-0b43″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Provides students with a detailed knowledge of anthropology, development issues, research methods and either an ethnographic region (and/or language) and/or thematic interest in health/gender/food/ media.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/masocanthdev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Research Degrees: Anthropology and Sociology” tab_id=”1477583412435-3e331ee9-c4c8″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as an excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of employable skills.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/phd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: Migration and Diaspora” tab_id=”1528196382195-1ded0214-aaea”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide participants with a broad understanding of current migration flows, providing both historical perspective and contemporary context.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/culture-society-and-history/migration-and-diaspora/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” inner_container=”no” section_type=”alternate” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” margin_top=”40″ margin_bottom=”40″ overflow=”false”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1527429677508{margin-top: -115px !important;margin-left: 200px !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Our research in action” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Our research has significant influence on policy, through multiple interactions with international development agencies, NGO networks, museums and galleries, and UK asylum and law-making systems.[/vc_column_text][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/research/research-in-action/” icon=”globe” icon_color=”#2c3e50″ icon_size=”big”][kleo_button title=” See our research in action ” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/research/research-in-action/” style=”highlight” size=”xl” ][/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ bg_gradient=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1477586183539{background-image: url(https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/large97712.jpg?id=160910) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”300px”][vc_column_text text_color=”#ffffff” css=”.vc_custom_1477642823174{padding: 20px !important;}”]A woman in a Tangail village prepares threads before weaving Jamdani, a traditional art designated by UNESCO as an ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’ Credit: Farid Ahmed, SOAS Photography 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Graduate Destinations

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Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Here is the latest information from the known destinations of the 2015 Anthropology and Sociology graduates of single and joint honours within the department.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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  • The New York Times
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Deloitte
  • Esdevium Games
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • MTA International

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  • Action Against Hunger
  • Amnesty International
  • Etihad Airways

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