Integrated Degree in Anthropology (including Foundation Year)

  • UCAS
  • Length
    1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
  • Department

Course overview

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) Anthropology degree.

Why study the Integrated Degree in Anthropology at Goldsmiths?

  • There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to have an interest in the subject
  • You'll attend a study skills course as part of the programme, to develop your abilities in this area
  • You'll learn about anthropology, human society and cultural difference, and will examine globalisation and visual anthropology
  • You'll have the chance to progress to our BA Anthropology degree

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Dr Justin Woodman

Modules & structure


The programme consists of two components:

Ways of Seeing examines how culture shapes the way we think about the world – and how we understand and interact with others. The programme also introduces you to the history and methods of anthropology, and focuses on understanding anthropological approaches to human society, culture and cultural difference.

Contemporary Issues focuses on the cultural dimensions of globalisation and explores the way people see the world and interact with other cultures in the face of rapid social, cultural and technological change. The programme also examines the visual aspect of anthropology, including its uses of film and photography.

Individual tutorial support and academic guidance is given by the programme tutor. You'll also attend a study skills course as part of the programme.

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

There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate an interest in the subject, and the ability to benefit from studying the programme.

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

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.

Selection process

Admission is by application to UCAS, interview and a short piece of written work.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


Anthropology at Goldsmiths is ranked: 6th in the UK for the quality of our research** 36th in the world for this subject area***


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

***QS World University Rankings by subject area 2016


Learning & teaching

On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars 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 that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentation

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches

Skills & careers


If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA Anthropology, which will enable you to develop the following skills:

  • Communication skills (including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking, report writing)
  • Analytical thinking
  • Awareness of social, political and cultural processes

The particular set of skills associated with anthropology, including development of awareness of social and cultural difference, and learning to think ‘outside the box’, provides a good foundation for a number of career paths.


Our students have been successful in a range of areas, from postgraduate research and teaching in higher education, to film making and other media careers, journalism, and museum curating, to applied or advocacy work for NGOs and development agencies.

Our particular emphasis on public anthropology encourages our students to explore options in a range of practice-based and public sector career paths. You can find out more about career paths after an Anthropology degree on our Anthropology careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Fees & funding

How to apply

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