36 months
20350 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BA Social Anthropology Degree at SOAS University of London explores what it is to be human in a complex and changing world.You will study the great variety of beliefs and practices that exist around the world, from remote communities to global cities. You will learn theoretical frameworks and question your own assumptions, helping you to think creatively about how to address global problems.


Bridging the humanities and social sciences, anthropology offers a unique approach grounded in real-world research allowing for a greater understanding in cultural differences, political dynamics, social conflict, and human creativity.

Studying at Social Anthropology Degree at SOAS University of London is unique as it draws from the regional expertise of our academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and societies. If you are passionate about understanding human society and behaviour, and want to learn to think critically about the world around you, then Anthropology at SOAS is for you.

Why study Social Anthropology at SOAS

  • we draw on the exceptional regional expertise of our academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and politics, many of whom have joined us with a practical working knowledge of their disciplines
  • you will be joining our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our optional modules and/or optional modules from other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a second language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities


A degree from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS will develop your understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.

Skills gained include:

  • methods of social anthropological investigation
  • linguistic familiarity
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to formulate sound arguments
  • ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • communication and presentation skills

Graduates go on to work in areas such as information and technology, government service, teaching or work in the media and tourism. Others are interested in specialising further through postgraduate studies.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including a range of NGOs, charitable and voluntary sector organisations:

  • Deloitte
  • The New York Times
  • British Council
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Hackney Migrant Centre

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

  • Gender Violence Outreach Worker
  • Film Editor
  • Dance Therapist
  • Web Developer
  • Food Bank Organiser
  • Project Officer
  • Journalist
  • School and College Relations Officer
  • Junior Analyst
  • Radio Production Assistant

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Theory 
  • Voice and Place 
  • Theory in Anthropology
  • Ethnography in Practice
  • Contemporary Trends in the Study of Society
  • African and Asian Diasporas. Migration, Space, Identity (UG)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Contextualised offer: BBB

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20350 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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