Anthropology of Food, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18075 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    8785 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The SOAS MA programme in the Anthropology of Food 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.

About

Food is a fundamental human necessity, essential to the sustenance of the human body. At the same time, food may be associated with pleasure, passion, even luxury. Food is also essential to the social body. Who eats what, who eats with whom, and whose appetites are satisfied and whose denied, are all profoundly social dynamics through which identities, relationships, and hierarchies are created and reproduced.

The SOAS MA programme in the Anthropology of Food 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. The programme asks students to trace the passage of food from plant to palate, and to examine who benefits, and who suffers, from contemporary modes of food production, exchange, preparation, and consumption. Students examine food policy at national and international levels, as well as the role played in its formation by the food industry.

Focus is given to the study of famine and the controversial role of food aid in securing food supplies. Debates over the impact of agricultural biotechnology on agrarian livelihoods and knowledge systems, as well as on the natural environment, are assessed. Movements toward organic agriculture, fair trade, and slow food are also analysed.

An anthropological approach to the study of food draws upon and challenges the perspectives of other disciplines, whether agronomy or nutritional science, economics or law, history or literature. Dependent upon individual interests and experiences, graduates of the programme may pursue research degrees in any number of academic disciplines, or find employment in food-related government ministries, international organizations, development agencies, or non-governmental associations, as well as in the fields of public health, education, and media, or in the catering industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • The Anthropology of Food 
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 
  • Anthropological Approaches to Agriculture, Food and Nutrition
  • Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food 
  • Culture and Society of China 
  • Culture and Society of Japan 
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia
  • Culture and Society of the Near & Middle East
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 
  • Perspectives On Development
  • Therapy and Culture
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Film
  • Comparative Media Theory
  • Anthropology of Urban Space, Place and Architecture 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    105

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class BA degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or social or natural sciences, or significant experience in a relevant food- and/or agriculture-related career.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18075 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18075 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8785 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8785 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part-time:
  • UK/EU students: £2,928
  • Overseas students: £6,025

Living costs for London

684 - 830 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

UK and EU postgraduate students

  • For EU nationals, we recommend contacting the Education Ministry in your home country for information about government funding for study.
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