SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research (broadly defined) in Nepal with the necessary skills (disciplinary, linguistic, methodological). This programme is for students who wish to conduct doctoral'level research in Nepal, or in preparation for professional employment in e.g. a government agency or international NGO.

Course Modules

Year 1: students take a 1.0 unit Nepali language course (either Nepali language 1 or Nepali language 2); 1.0 unit culture and conflict in the Himalaya; 1.0 unit theoretical approaches in social anthropology (or other anthropology options, chosen in consultation with programme convenor, for students with equivalent anthropology training); 0.5 unit media production skills; and 0.5 units of anthropology options. 2 weeks of intensive Nepali language tuition at SOAS after the June exams, followed by 2 months in Kathmandu, attached to the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Bishwo Bhasa Campus of Tribhuvan University. At the end of the summer students will be required to submit a 5000'word preliminary fieldwork report and research proposal, accompanied by a 500'word abstract written in Nepali. Year 2: Students take the following courses: 1.5 unit Nepali for researchers; 1.0 unit anthropological research methods (0.5 units ethnographic research methods in term 1 and 0.5 units in introduction to quantitative methods in social research in term 2). They also attend the compulsory weekly MPhil research training seminar in anthropology and write a 15,000 word MA dissertation.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £8,785 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £18,075 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants will need to produce documented evidence of language learning ability: a language A level or equivalent; or successful completion of an undergraduate language course.