SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

In the first year, every MPhil student is appointed a three-person research committee comprising a principal supervisor, a second supervisor and the Research Tutor. MPhil students attend the weekly Research Training Seminar and the Research Methods course, and they take relevant language training. MPhil students may also be required to take additional regional, thematic or theory courses related to their chosen specialisation. Upon successful completion of a 20,000-word research report and fieldwork proposal, MPhil students are upgraded to PhD status and commence fieldwork. The fieldwork experience forms the basis of a 100,000-word dissertation which should demonstrate original thinking and make a significant contribution to the discipline. During the post-fieldwork period, PhD students attend the weekly post-fieldwork seminar and have the opportunity to present their work in progress. MPhil and PhD students are encouraged to attend the variety of seminars and workshops that take place across the School.

Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as an excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of employable skills. The value and relevance of the discipline are evidenced by the great variety and distinction of careers SOAS anthropology graduates have embarked upon with success.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £4,396 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £4,396 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £17,967 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £2,198 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £2,198 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £8,984 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need a BA and/or MA degree in Anthropology, with a merit or equivalent in the Masters Degree and a MA dissertation grade of 65% (UK) or higher. Applicants must provide a clear and coherent research proposal of 2000 words.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.