Study Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Our Department is among the most respected in the field of social and cultural anthropology in the UK.

Anthropology is a discipline that bridges the gap between the humanities and the social sciences. It draws on and is in conversation with religion and philosophy, history, cultural and media studies, and literature on the one side, and sociology and politics on the other.

We are curious about the world and innovative in our approach to finding new solutions to recurring problems. If you are interested in nurturing a better understanding of what it is to be human in the complex world in which we live, then this discipline is suited to you.

The department of Anthropology provides innovative teaching that develops students understanding of the world, how society is organised and provides graduates with a wide range of career possibilities.

QS Top Universities

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

“The more I learn, the more I question the world” Read more.

Graduate Destinations

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.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 53%
In study 28%
Other 19%

SOAS alumni around the world

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