BA (Hons) Anthropology & Sociology

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: ABB/BBB
    IB: 33 points including three HL subjects
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Anthropology, Sociology

Course overview

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.

Why study BA Anthropology & Sociology at Goldsmiths?

  • The degree is divided evenly between the two subjects, so you'll look at cultural difference and non-Western societies, as well as the sociology of industrial societies
  • Our academics are responsible for actively shaping the disciplines – they are pioneers in their fields, playing key roles in the development of contemporary social and cultural understandings
  • We look at the subjects from a contemporary perspective, which means that what you learn in the classroom will be relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain and elsewhere
  • We have a diverse, dynamic and motivated group of students
  • You'll develop an understanding of human behaviour and organisation, which will be useful to a number of different career paths
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and CSR consultancies

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sari Wastell

Modules & structure

Level 4 

In your first year you'll learn the main theories within social anthropology, and will be introduced to ethnography and anthropological methodological practice. For the sociology element you'll look at the subject's key texts and thinkers, and will develop an overview of the discipline's development and distinguishing features.

You take the following five compulsory modules (three from Anthropology and two from Sociology):

Module title Credits
  Critical Readings: The Emergence of Sociological Rationality 30 credits
  Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
  Introduction to Social Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropological Methods 15 credits
  Ethnography of a Selected Region I 15 credits

Level 5 

You choose one Sociology option and then take the following six compulsory modules (two from Sociology, three from Anthropology and a 'link' module which is taught jointly by both Departments): 

Module title Credits
  Central Issues in Sociological Analysis 15 credits
  The Making of the Modern World 15 credits
  Anthropology of Religion 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 15 credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 15 credits
  Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Sociology and Anthropology 15 credits

Level 6

You take a compulsory Sociology module: 

Module title Credits
  Theorising Contemporary Society 15 credits

You also choose two Sociology options, and select two Anthropology options from a selection that has recently included:

Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Art 15 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Environment 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 30 credits
  Gender Theory in Practice 30 credits
  Health, Medicine and Social Power 15 credits
  Urban Anthropology 15 credits

The balance of Level 6 is made up of options chosen from departments.

You may also choose to do a Dissertation in Sociology or Anthropology.

College regulations determine the exact balance of modules between the departments and these are explained carefully when you make your third-year choices.


Unseen examination papers, take-home papers, reports, practical projects, and assessed coursework.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB/BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points including three HL subjects

We don't assume you have any knowledge of anthropology, and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social studies or science backgrounds. 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including a number of distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
Scottish qualifications: ABBBC/BBBBC (Higher), ABC/BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 77%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A2 B1/A1 A1 A2 B2

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


Anthropology at Goldsmiths is ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of our research**


Investigate a variety of fascinating areas that have real relevance to modern life.

As a department we’re interested in pushing the discipline forward. We’re known for pioneering new fields including visual anthropology and the anthropology of modernity. And we tackle other contemporary issues like urban planning, development, emotions and aesthetics, and new social movements.

Find out more about the Department of Anthropology

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Sociology at Goldsmiths is ranked:
9th in the UK and 45th in the world for this subject area**
9th in the UK for the quality of our research***


The Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths is active, contemporary and inventive. We are interested in everything from the ‘global’ issues of poverty and injustice to the ‘micro’ issues of cultural identity and the presentation of self in a digital world.

Our staff are some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – they’re the pioneers who are pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. They’ve played a key role in developing social research methods, setting agendas in social and cultural policy, and linking theory to practice.

Through their world-leading research you’ll be at the forefront of current debates and will be encouraged to see the world differently.

Find out more about the Department of Sociology.

**QS World University Rankings by subject 2015
***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

You're assigned a personal tutor, who also acts as an academic tutor. Tutors oversee your academic work and progress over the year. In the third year, most students undertake a Dissertation on a subject of their choice, for which they receive supervision.

You'll attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.

Skills & careers


The BA Anthropology and Sociology programme will help you develop the following skills:

  • an understanding of human behaviour and organisation
  • an understanding of current and emerging concepts and theoretical approaches that are central to sociology and anthropology
  • the ability to examine how social, public and civic policy can be influenced by sociological knowledge
  • the ability to investigate, appraise and communicate empirical information
  • research and problem-solving skills
  • communication skills


This degree enables graduates to go on to a wide range of careers, covering areas including:

  • social and community work
  • teaching
  • business and management
  • the media
  • the public sector
  • the voluntary and charitable sector

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



"Goldsmiths gave me new life skills and the ability for analytical thinking."

"My journey at Goldsmiths began in the late 1980s, but is just as relevant today. I did Anthropology and Sociology as a mature student and loved every minute of it. Goldsmiths enabled me to understand how culture and society is so vibrant and diverse. It also gave me new life skills and the ability for analytical thinking.

My three years flashed by and, after graduation, I decided to do an MA in Sociology with special reference to Qualitative Research. This degree was completed on a part time basis, but was just as rewarding.

Goldsmiths was very kind to me, enabling me to grow as a person and human being. I hope I have been able to share this with my family, friends and colleagues. Goldsmiths in the 21st century is a centre of academic excellence, I still visit and I am still inspired! Age is no barrier to study, young or old, so good luck and enjoy every precious moment."


"I have been able to use much from my sociology courses as they were to do with understanding how people react and engage with society."

"I found work a month after graduation as a Social Media Executive for Generator Hotels and Hostels. I was very lucky since it was the first interview I went for, and my degree definitely helped as working in marketing, it was very good to have a background in sociology.
I truly enjoy the work I am doing since we are all a fairly young and innovative team, and I have been able to use much from my sociology courses as they were to do with understanding how people react and engage with society. Working in the virtual world, having a sociological background has been really beneficial.

Some advice to current students: consider all the courses you do, making sure that they relate to each other as can therefore be easier to have an idea of what you might want to do in the future. Have a good think through in order to link the courses in one way or another, and build on the knowledge you already have. Time management is very important as well. Once in work, you will have deadlines to meet and work to prioritise. 
Lastly make the most of the uni years since it is all over very quickly and I miss it so much. Goldsmiths has truly been a great experience and I would urge everyone to make the most of all the activities on offer, as well as the social part of university life."


"Goldsmiths has a special place in my heart."

"Studying at Goldsmiths was a life changing experience both academically and socially; still colouring my outlook to life today. Since graduating I have completed a Masters in Fashion Curation which led to the London Transport Museum commissioning an educational outreach project I designed, using archive transport uniforms as part of a handling collection.

Several years on I am working within a health care setting and currently developing a research project into the life threatening disease of sickle cell. The exhibition will consider a cross-disciplinary approach involving the patients of Homerton Hospital, academics in the field of sociology, medicine and artists. The plan for the exhibition is to grow in financial support and serve as a new exciting platform for sickle cell disease and offer a forum of debate for a considered educational outreach project received across the UK.

Goldsmiths has a strong tradition in working with the local community to broaden access to higher education and lifelong learning and I firmly believe that this approach has given me the tools to foster my own individual interests and curate exhibitions which aim to support marginalised groups. 

I have such wonderful memories from Goldsmiths and I have remained in contact with so many of the students/tutors/local residents and for this Goldsmiths has a special place in my heart."

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