Anthropology of Media, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18075
    Tuition (Year)
    8785
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The MA in Anthropology of Media takes up the challenge of understanding how and why media matter. The programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It provides students with critical skills, research methods, a wide-ranging understanding of media and the opportunity to pursue original research projects.

About

Our world is inescapably and continuously transformed through a proliferation of media. The MA in Anthropology of Media at SOAS takes up the challenge of understanding how and why media matter. The programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It provides students with critical skills, research methods, a wide-ranging understanding of media and the opportunity to pursue original research projects. The MA in Anthropology and Media is the first and still the only programme in Europe that specialises in bringing together contemporary anthropological concerns with media and cultural studies.

The MA in Anthropology of Media is a recent and rapidly growing field within the larger academic discipline of Anthropology. It both incorporates and challenges the well-established anthropological concerns with visual culture and ethnographic film through a more extensive examination of contemporary media practices. Along with the parallel disciplines of media and cultural studies, Anthropology of Media is now widely recognized as playing an increasingly important and critical role in current debates about media. It provides an alternative approach, which puts the emphasis upon studying the multiple relationships between people and media and thus seeks to anthropologise media and cultural studies. More than just focussing on media texts or technology, Anthropology of Media is marked by the centrality of people and how they relate to media.

The SOAS programme in Anthropology of Media is designed to provide a detailed introduction to the study of media in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas. We also use the theoretical and methodological contributions of Anthropology to build upon and challenge Euro-American media and cultural studies. The programme stresses ethnographic approaches to media as cultural practices in social and political contexts where people inhabit, create and engage with media worlds.

Special Features

The Department cultivates several specialist strengths which distinguish it from other anthropology departments in the UK. The most obvious of these is that all members of the Department are specialists on Africa and Asia. Particular attention is given to teaching and researching regional ethnographic areas of expertise. All staff members are simultaneously attached as anthropologists to this Department and as regional specialists to their appropriate regional studies centre within the School.

SOAS also offers strong interdisciplinary support for the study of media including the Centre for Media and Film Studies and a highly regarded Department of Music. We have a dedicated multi-media suite, a radio station and satellite access to a wide range of world television. Further, the Library houses a major collection of books and journals on world media as well as extensive audio-visual materials.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Comparative Media Studies 
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World -
  • Anthropology of travel and tourism A 
  • Anthropology of travel and tourism B
  • Anthropology of Urban Space, Place and Architecture 
  • Approaches to the Other in Horror and Science Fiction Films 
  • Arab Cinemas 
  • Asia and Africa On Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturism 
  • Aspects of African film and video 
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 
  • Gender and development 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months

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

    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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: The minimum of an upper second-class BA degree (or equivalent). Some exceptions are made for those with significant experience in a relevant media related career.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 18075 International
  • GBP 8785 EU/EEA

Part-time 2 Years

  • UK/EU: £4,393
  • Overseas: £9,038
Part-time 3 Years
  • UK/EU: £2,928
  • Overseas: £6,025

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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Student Finance Postgraduate Loans

  • Student Finance Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 towards the cost of your studies.

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