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MRes Social Anthropology and Intensive Language (Swahili)

MRes Social Anthropology and Intensive Language (Swahili)

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 2 years | SEP-23

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Swahili Social Anthropology

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Course Summary


The MRes Social Anthropology offers students training in social science research methods, with a strong focus on ethnographic methods. It aims to provide students with the skills they need to conduct research at a doctoral level, or to work as social science researchers. In addition to the acquisition of strong methodological skills, students are able to benefit from SOAS' renowned offering of African and Asian languages, as well as its expertise in the humanities, including philosophy, linguistics, literature, and history.

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of social anthropology with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their anthropological knowledge in a specific region by achieving proficiency in a language.

Intensive language pathways: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, South East Asian Languages (Indonesian, Vietnamese), Swahili, Turkish.


This MA (discipline) and Intensive Language (Swahili) is a two-year programme that will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive study of an African language (Swahili) in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The MA programme will enable students to engage with the subject of their Masters’ programme in Africa through an African language, to engage with sources and data in an African language and to conduct research and professional work in Africa.

This MA Intensive Swahili Language programme combined with a discipline is also aimed at professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Africa, 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.


Students from SOAS Department of Anthropology and Sociology develop an in-depth understanding of the world. Employers value our graduates’ cultural awareness and global perspective, as well as their skills in analysis, data interpretation and problem-solving.


Communication across cultures is a key feature of a globalised world: a growing number of interactions in all spheres of life now involve participants who do not share the same language or culture. Such encounters pose challenges to all involved. In order to minimise communication breakdowns and misunderstandings, we need to develop inter-and cross-cultural competence. This entails an understanding of the similarities and differences in the communicative practices across cultures and languages, the ability to recognise key communicative challenges in intercultural settings and the development of strategies and skills to operate effectively in such contexts. This module will provide students with a critical introduction to the study of intercultural and cross-cultural communication. They will be familiarised with the main approaches to such study as well as with the theoretical frameworks associated with these approaches. Special attention will be paid to the (socio)linguistic approach and to the following intercultural settings: education, legal and medical settings and international business settings. Students will have an opportunity to collect, analyse and discuss their own field data dealing with a specific intercultural setting. By the end of the course, students will have developed a clear and in-depth understanding of the main challenges affecting inter- and cross-cultural encounters and will have developed strategies to facilitate intercultural communication in different settings and contexts. This module belongs to both beginner and intermediate level.

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Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in Social Anthropology.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more