Taught course

Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability

SOAS University of London · Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in a social science or humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

See postgraduate entry requirements for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

Months of entry


Course content

Today our planet faces deepening socio-economic inequalities, global health crises, planetary degradation, and the unfathomable possibility of species extinction. The scale of these challenges raises critical questions about how we live our lives and how we might envision and create a radically different future. The stakes of our choices and actions could not be higher.

In the MA Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability we tackle the most urgent challenges of our times, offering students the opportunity to explore, communicate and address them as engaged global citizens. We ask fundamental questions about what it is to be human in a complex and ever-changing world, critically questioning existing assumptions and knowledge, and productively thinking about how to create a more just and sustainable world. The programme equips students with the theoretical and methodological tools to understand crises of climate change, sustainability, and global inequalities, as well as the experience, skills, and hands-on opportunities to influence policy and practice and to live prosperously in an unprecedented future.

Why study MA Global Futures and Sustainability at SOAS?

  • SOAS is ranked 5th in the UK and 10th worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • 4th in the UK (2023 Times/Sunday Times League Table)
  • teaching is strongly informed by our regional interests in Africa and Asia, and from professional experiences of working in/with development banks, government departments, NGOs and activist organisations, social businesses and media collectives.
  • you can take your own interests into a research project or work placement guided by an expert supervisor from our department.
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages; your command of a language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities
  • you will encounter literature raising difficult moral and ethical questions in an academic environment where debate is highly encouraged and prized.
  • you will join a thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia
  • our focus on the future and sustainability are areas of growing global concern and significance among private, public and international institutions; our emphasis on skills, communication and methodology gives graduates a clear advantage with employers as we put education into practice.

The programme is a key part of the SOAS Department of Anthropology and Sociology's commitment to economic and social justice, environmental equality and to engage strongly and critically with the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974