Anthropology Postgraduate Degrees

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:

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Ranked 5th in the UK and 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2018

Introduction to Anthropology at SOAS

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.

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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.

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Provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research in Nepal with the necessary disciplinary, linguistic, and methodological skills.

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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.

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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.

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This programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This programme is unique as it takes a cultural and phenomenological approach to the anthropology of medicine.

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A broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialised research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language.

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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.

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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.

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The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students.

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The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students.

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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.

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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.

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Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as an excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of employable skills.

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This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide participants with a broad understanding of current migration flows, providing both historical perspective and contemporary context.

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Our research in action

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.

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 Competition 2014

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