Sociology programmes at Goldsmiths

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The Department conducts theoretically informed empirical research on ‘live’ social issues and train the next generation of social researchers in classical and contemporary methods of social research.

We provide research-led teaching supported by IT facilities including a continually updated virtual learning environment, access to the University of London Library and interdisciplinary seminars, workshops and conferences.  We achieved the highest judgement of 'broad confidence' in our teaching and learning strategy in the most recent QAA Developmental Engagement.

Degree studies in Goldsmiths Sociology offer a critical understanding of society and expertise in social research, and our students have gone on to make use of their sociological skills and understanding in careers in, for example, public administration, arts organisations, health and welfare services, media, marketing and advertising, business, journalism, charities, non-governmental organisations and more. For more details, please e-mail

Study abroad

The Department of Sociology offers an Erasmus scheme which enables you to live in a European city for part of your degree.


Undergraduate programmes

Degree listing

BA (Hons) Anthropology & Sociology

Anthropology and sociology deal with human behaviours in their social context. This degree gives you a comprehensive grounding in these converging subjects, so you'll develop an understanding of their shared traditions and differences in perspective.

  • Anthropology

BA (Hons) Criminology

Explore the nature of crime, why people are seen and labelled as criminal, and investigate the subject from a critical and sociological perspective.

  • Sociology

BA (Hons) Media & Sociology

This interdisciplinary degree gives you the opportunity to explore sociological and communications theories alongside media practice, and to develop a critical analysis of media, communications and culture from historical and contemporary viewpoints.

  • Media and Communications

BA (Hons) Sociology

Sociology offers illuminating insights into our lives. This degree examines how societies are organised, how people are united and divided in different cultural and social arrangements, and how people view their societies and their identities.

  • Sociology

BA (Hons) Sociology & Chinese

This degree provides intensive Mandarin language tuition, one year at a top Chinese university in Beijing, and analytical sociological skills for you to understand and actively engage in a global world in which China is a major superpower.

  • Sociology

BA (Hons) Sociology & Politics

This degree gives you a thorough grounding in sociology and politics, in methods of social and political research, and in interdisciplinary approaches to political analysis.

  • Sociology

BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Explore how societies are organised, and how people are united and divided. Within the context of modern forms of power, examine the nature of crime and criminality from a critical, sociological perspective.

  • Sociology

BA Religion

In an increasingly globalised, more religious world, we need to understand religion as one of the most important social forces shaping contemporary society.

  • Anthropology

Postgraduate programmes

Degree listing

MA in Brands, Communication & Culture

This exciting degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the major areas in contemporary media and communications – branding. 

  • Critical Theory and Practice, Media and Communications

MA in Cities & Society

This programme brings together social analysis, design, activism, and inventive research methods in a critical engagement with various dimensions of urban work – from planning, policy making, research, cultural intervention, to the management of social programmes and institutions.

  • Urban, Sociology

MA in Critical & Creative Analysis

Cultural processes are creative and dynamic, meaning that our analysis of them must be too. This programme emphasises the critical analysis of cultural processes from an advanced theoretical perspective and with an interdisciplinary outlook.

  • Sociology

MA in Gender, Media & Culture

This MA introduces you to recent debates on gender in the disciplines of sociology and media and communications studies, and to the interdisciplinary domains of feminist social and cultural theory.

  • Critical Theory and Practice, Gender & Sexualities, Sociology

MA in Human Rights, Culture & Social Justice

This MA examines contemporary issues concerning justice. You will learn how to conceptualise and study the possibilities of human rights, going beyond legal formulations to look at the conditions in which human rights claims are made.

  • Sociology

MA in Photography & Urban Cultures

Explore the creative interplay between urban theory and the visual representation of urban cultures and places. 

  • Curating & the Arts, Visual, Sociology

MA in Race, Media & Social Justice

How we live with difference is the key issue of our time. Issues relating to race and ethnicity, whether immigration, Islamophobia, #blacklivesmatter, or media diversity, are at the forefront of public debate. The MA in Race, Media and Social Justice will equip you with critical and theoretical tools to unpack and deepen your understanding of contemporary debates on race, ethnicity and racism.

  • Body & Society, Critical Theory and Practice, Culture, Digital, Race & Ethnicity, Media and Communications

MA in Social Research

The MA Social Research draws upon a wide variety of contemporary theoretical traditions including postcolonial theory, poststructuralism, discourse analysis, critical or subtle realism, and feminism.  

  • Digital, Sociology

MA in Visual Sociology

Designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches, this programme allows you to study sociological issues alongside innovative methods.

  • Visual, Sociology

MPhil & PhD in Sociology

We're committed to developing our postgraduates into skilled researchers who can conduct rigorous research using a variety of methodologies and methods.

  • Sociology

MPhil & PhD in Visual Sociology

The MPhil/PhD in Visual Sociology offers you the opportunity to combine written sociological argument with film, sound, or photographic representation. 

  • Visual, Sociology