Course information




1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

The MA Migration and Mobility challenges you to think in new and creative ways about the contemporary movement of people, things, and ideas around the globe.

Migration and mobility are fundamental forces shaping both political and economic debates and people’s social and intimate lives. Grounded in the distinctive theories and practices of anthropology, and drawing on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on migration and mobility, this programme is designed to advance your knowledge and understanding of, and critical engagement with, contemporary processes of migration. It provides you with the critical conceptual tools for thinking differently about global movements, while also developing a diverse set of skills that will enable you to investigate and address these issues.

Academic expertise

Based in the Department of Anthropology, the degree also draws on interdisciplinary expertise in the Departments of Sociology and Media and Communications, through the Migration Research Network. You'll study in an academic community that is engaged with the key social and political issues shaping people's im/mobilities around the globe.

Innovative and cutting-edge

At Goldsmiths, we're using innovative and creative methodologies to critically investigate migration in all of its geographical and social diversity. Our innovative work includes the use of film to intervene in the current “migrant crises” in Europe, ethnographic studies of lifestyle migration among the middle classes, and the use of smartphones to enable migrants to document the forms of surveillance that they encounter.

Research-led teaching

Our research expertise is integral to teaching on the programme, throughout both the compulsory and specialist optional modules. This research-led approach ensures that you acquire a diverse set of skills, enabling you to investigate migration processes across academic, public policy and activist contexts.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Alice Elliot

What you'll study

The MA is made up of the following modules:

 Core modules

Module title Credits
  Critical Concepts in Migration and Mobility 30 credits
  Investigating Migration and Mobility 30 credits
  Anthropological Theory 30 credits
  Platforms for Action: Placement module 30 credits
  Dissertation 60 credits

Option modules

Students who have a background in anthropology can replace the core module Anthropological Theory with up to 30 credits from a list of option modules.

Some examples of option modules from the Department of Anthropology are listed below. In addition, modules can be selected from several other departments and centres including English, Media and Communications, and Sociology.

Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Critical Voices in Development 30 credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Art I 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Health and Medicine I 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Economic and Political Anthropology I 30 credits
  Intercultural Film 15 credits
  Photography & Sound 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Economic and Political Anthropology II 30 credits
  Learning from Social Movements 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology and the Visual 2 15 credits (UG) or 30 Credits (PG)
  Digital Anthropology Level 7 30 credits


Dissertation – a thorough critical discussion of existing knowledge in a relevant area; reports; take-home papers. Options may require a presentation or production of visual material.

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have: 

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online           

Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

After you’ve submitted your application it will be reviewed by our academic staff. You may also be invited to an interview (either in person or via Skype).

Find out more about applying.


The MA in Migration and Mobility provides an excellent foundation for further research and postgraduate study on topics related to migration. The skills and knowledge you gain from this MA will also equip you with the right theoretical and practical experience to go into a wide range of careers such as:

  • Social Researcher
  • Civil Servant
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Support Engagement and Legacies Manager
  • Ethnographer
  • Council Member
  • Outreach Worker
  • Marketing Officer
  • Academic, Professor or Researcher

Find out more on our Anthropology future careers page.

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