Ph.D. On Campus

Anthropology and Sociology

SOAS University of London

48 months
20000 GBP/year
4486 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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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. The Anthropology and Sociology programme is offered at the SOAS University of London.


Key facts:

  • 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 Anthropology and Sociology students at the SOAS University of London 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Social Anthropology 
  • Social Theory
  • Theory in Anthropology
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology
  • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture 
  • Cultural Understandings of Health 
  • Comparative Media Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20000 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4486 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4486 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time fees:

  • UK/EU Students - 2243 GBP per year.
  • Overseas Students - 10000 GBP per year.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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