SOAS University of London

Anthropology of Media, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18075
    Tuition (Year)
    8785
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language

About

The MA in Anthropology and Media at SOAS University of London 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.

Employment

A Masters in the Anthropology of Media at SOAS develops students’ understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.  This programme will endow students with specialist understanding of producers, audiences, and other cultural and social aspects of mass media. Over the years the SOAS department has trained numerous leading anthropologists who have gone on to occupy lectureships and professorships throughout the world.  Equally, students gain skills during their degree that transfer well to areas such as information and technology, government service, the media and tourism.  

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical and critical skills; ability to gather, assess and interpret data; high level of cultural awareness; and problem-solving.  A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology
  • Comparative Media Studies
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 
  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 
  • Anthropology of Law 
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                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity

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

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

                      One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

                  • Credits
                    180 alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus
                  • More information Go To The Course Website
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                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:

                    6.5

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                  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

                    193

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                    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                  • Minimum required score:

                    620

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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

                  You need the following GPA score:

                  Required score: Upper Second Class
                  Recommended score: First Class

                  Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                  Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                  Admisison Requirements:

                  Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. 

                  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

                    Scholarships
                      • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
                      • Felix Scholarships
                      • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
                      • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
                      • The Prospect Burma Scholarship
                      For more information, please visit programme website.

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