Social Anthropology

Lead Institution: SOAS, University of London
Cluster Leader:   Dr Kevin Latham

 Competition for studentships for 2016 entry is now closed.

The SOAS Department of Anthropology and Sociology houses the greatest concentration in the UK of anthropologists working in Africa and Asia (including the Middle East) and their diasporas.  The institution’s expertise is extensive in both regional and disciplinary terms: SOAS anthropologists benefit from close working relations with experts in Asian and African languages and in the full range of arts and social sciences applied to Africa and Asia.

Research in the department responds to ESRC Strategic Challenges in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, Environment and Energy, Social Diversity and Global economy, with work on globalisation and new media (particularly in China and Japan), food security issues (notably in Africa and India), global migration, the detailed ethnography of predominantly Muslim societies, and the gamut of issues arising in the application of medical anthropology.

Pathway in the Social Anthropology cluster


1+3 route:      MA Anthropological Research Methods (MARes) plus MPhil/PhD
2+3 route:      MARes with Designated African or Asian Language plus MPhil/PhD
+3 route:        MPhil/PhD
4 Year route:  Integrated PhD (Research training plus MPhil/PhD)

For examples of current DTC research, take a look at student profiles from the Social Anthropology cluster