SOAS University of London

Social Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 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. 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.

About

The MA Social Anthropology programme at SOAS University of London 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
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Mediacom
  • MMMF, the World Bank Group
  • Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
  • Salaam Bombay Foundation and Samaskaara
  • Street Children Africa
  • The Freud Museum
  • The Prince's Youth Business International
  • University of Gadjah Mada
  • World Society for the Protection of Animals

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Consultant
  • Global Client Service Associate
  • PhD student
  • Secretary for the Minister for Communications
  • Social Researcher
  • Producer/Director
  • Lawyer
  • Business Analyst
  • International Trusts Manager Research Fellow
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Overseas Programmes Director
  • Archives Officer
  • Director - Network Expansion
  • Health Promotion Consultant
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Online Marketing Officer

Programme Structure

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

              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
                120 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words at 60 credits.
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus
              • More information Go to the programme website

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:

                7

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              • Minimum required score:

                105

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              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).

              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

              • International Applies to you

                18980 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 18980 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                9225 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 9225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

              Part-time 2 Years:

              • EEA: £4,613/year
              • International: £9,490/year
              Part-time 3 Years:
              • EEA: £3,075/year
              • International: £6,327/year

              Living costs for London

              • 1000 - 2600 GBP/month
                Living Costs

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

              Funding

                Scholarships
                • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
                • Felix Scholarships
                • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
                • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
                • The Prospect Burma Scholarship
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