SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East; it provides students with critical skills, research methods, a wide'ranging understanding of media and the opportunity to pursue original research projects.

Course Modules

Core modules: comparative media studies ; dissertation in anthropology and sociology. Foundation course: theoretical approaches to social anthropology. Option courses: half unit anthropology options; African and Asian cultures in Britain; African and Asian diasporas in the modern world; anthropology of human rights; anthropology of globalisation; anthropology of law; anthropology of urban space, place and architecture; comparative study of Islam: anthropological perspectives A and B (Master’s); anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition; ethnographic research methods; issues in the anthropology of film; issues in the anthropology of gender; media production skills; therapy and culture; tourism and travel: a global perspective; Arab cinemas; aspects of African film and video 2; diaspora contexts and visual culture; digital traditional broadcasting communication; gender and development; genders and sexualities in South East Asian film; Indian cinema: its history and social context; Indian cinema: key issues; Iranian cinema; international political communication; Japanese post'war film genres and the avant'garde; Japanese transnational cinema: from Kurosawa to Asia extreme and studio Ghibli ' mediated culture in the Middle East: politics and communications; modern Chinese film and theatre (MA); modern film from Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora; post'crisis Thai cinema (1997'2007); (post) colonialism and otherness in South East Asia on screen; rethinking audiences; sound recording and production; the transnational news environment: production, representation and use; transnational communities and diasporic media: networking, connectivity, identity.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MA Other Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants require a minimum of an upper 2nd Class BA degree (or equivalent); some exceptions are made for those with significant experience in a relevant media related career.