SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali

This programme provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research (broadly defined) in Nepal with the necessary skills (disciplinary, linguistic, methodological). This programme is for students who wish to conduct doctoral-level research in Nepal, or in preparation for professional employment in e.g. a government agency or international NGO.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to produce documented evidence of language learning ability: a language A level or equivalent; or successful completion of an undergraduate language course.

Course modules

Year 1: students take a 1.0 unit Nepali language course (either Nepali language 1 or Nepali language 2); 1.0 unit culture and conflict in the Himalaya; 1.0 unit theoretical approaches in social anthropology (or other anthropology options, chosen in consultation with programme convenor, for students with equivalent anthropology training); 0.5 unit media production skills; and 0.5 units of anthropology options. 2 weeks of intensive Nepali language tuition at SOAS after the June exams, followed by 2 months in Kathmandu, attached to the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Bishwo Bhasa Campus of Tribhuvan University. At the end of the summer students will be required to submit a 5000-word preliminary fieldwork report and research proposal, accompanied by a 500-word abstract written in Nepali. Year 2: Students take the following courses: 1.5 unit Nepali for researchers; 1.0 unit anthropological research methods (0.5 units ethnographic research methods in term 1 and 0.5 units in introduction to quantitative methods in social research in term 2). They also attend the compulsory weekly MPhil research training seminar in anthropology and write a 15,000 word MA dissertation.

Assessment methods

A mixture of written papers and oral examinations, coursework essays and written papers. Students also complete a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,985 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 17,215 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,985 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,985 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,985 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

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