SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Korean - This course will suit students wishing to embark on research degrees with a focus on Korea. Also, professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Korea, including government departments (of both the UK and other countries), and in firms requiring particular skills and knowledge related to trading, investment and promotional interests outside Europe. This language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with Korea in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a high level of Korean language proficiency. It will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters? level training with intensive Korean language study in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. It will enable students to engage with the subjects of their Masters? programme in the context of Korea through Korean, to engage with primary Korean sources and data and to conduct research and professional work in Korea.

Anthropology of Food - Food is a fundamental human necessity, essential to the sustenance of the human body. At the same time, food may be associated with pleasure, passion, even luxury. Food is also essential to the social body. Who eats what, who eats with whom, and whose appetites are satisfied and whose denied, are all profoundly social dynamics through which identities, relationships, and hierarchies are created and reproduced. The SOAS MA programme in the Anthropology of Food offers students the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. The programme asks students to trace the passage of food from plant to palate, and to examine who benefits, and who suffers, from contemporary modes of food production, exchange, preparation, and consumption. Students examine food policy at national and international levels, as well as the role played in its formation by the food industry.

Focus is given to the study of famine and the controversial role of food aid in securing food supplies. Debates over the impact of agricultural biotechnology on agrarian livelihoods and knowledge systems, as well as on the natural environment, are assessed. Movements toward organic agriculture, fair trade, and slow food are also analysed.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: To be confirmed
  • 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.