SOAS University of London

Social Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 17490
    Tuition (Year)
    8295
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. The emphasis given to particular regions and approaches varies with current trends in the discipline and contemporary global developments. Students come to the Social Anthropology course at SOAS, University of London from all over the world, following BA study, work and travel experience or after long careers in other fields.
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About

The MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students: Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology.

Many of our students have not previously trained as anthropologists. This combination of diverse experience and skills makes for an intellectually exciting atmosphere for both teachers and students.

The MA degree programme in Social Anthropology is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of student:
  • Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study;
  • Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline;
  • Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology, who are required to pass all the examinations with appropriately high marks.

Students take three taught courses and complete a 10,000 word dissertation.

Employment

A Masters in Social Anthropology at SOAS develops students’ understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised. This programme will leave the graduate with an advanced understanding of behaviour in social groups, for instance the social organization of a particular person: customs, economic and political organization, law and conflict resolution, patterns of consumption and exchange, kinship and family structure, gender relations, childrearing and socialization and religion. 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.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Alastair Coey Architects
  • Bank of America, Tokyo branch
  • Citizenship Foundation
  • CNN
  • Department for Culture
  • Foreign Commision Office
  • General Medical Council
  • IBM

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture
  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology
  • Culture and Society of China
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia
For more information please visit the programme website.

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  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Part-time variant
    Flexible
  • More information Go To The Course Website

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Academic Requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17490 International
  • GBP 8295 EEA
Part-time 2 Years:
  • EEA: £4,148/year
  • International: £8,745/year
Part-time 3 Years:
  • EEA: £2,765/year
  • International: £5,830/year
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