What will I learn?

Overview

Social Anthropology – Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit 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

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of the anthropology of development, with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their anthropological knowledge in a developing country context by achieving proficiency in a language.

Japanese - The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Employment

A Masters in Social Anthropology helps you to understand the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record. Our alumni include everyone from dance therapists and film editors, to teachers, gender violence outreach workers, television and radio producers, international development workers, journalists, analysts, web developers, and more. Students with a SOAS degree in Anthropology are regularly employed by NGOs, charitable organisations, media companies, and voluntary sector organisations. Recent graduates have found jobs at Action on Hearing Loss, British Council, Deloitte, Hackney Migrant Centre, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), The New York Times, and the Social Mobility Foundation. Many of our graduates have their own successful start-ups, and others go on to research degreees and lectureships/professorships around the world

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.

Which department am I in?

Japan and Korea

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£22,500.00 (US$ 30,244) per year
2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street,

Russell Square,

Camden,

WC1H 0XG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above from students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an institution with an admission difficulty rating of 'very' or 'most difficult'. Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an institution outside of this grouping are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

For international students

We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in all subscores. TOEFL IBT - 100 overall with 23 in all subscores.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About SOAS University of London

SOAS graduates go on to pursue a range of careers which make a significant contribution to global society.

  • London offers one of the best student experiences globally
  • 56% of students are international
  • One of the best staff to student ratios in the UK
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available

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