Course information




1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.

All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.

If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.

Migration and mobility are fundamental forces shaping both political and economic debates and people’s social and intimate lives.

Why study MA Migration & Mobility at Goldsmiths?

  • Grounded in the distinctive theories and practices of anthropology, this programme helps advance your knowledge and understanding of, and critical engagement with, contemporary processes of migration. You'll gain the critical and conceptual tools to think in new and creative ways about the contemporary movement of people, things, and ideas around the globe.

  • 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.

  • Our innovative work on the topic of migration 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.

  • 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 Martyn Wemyss.

What you'll study

Compulsory modules

You will take the following compulsory modules.

Compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Borders and Migration 30 credits
  Investigating Migration and Mobility 30 credits
  Platforms for Action: Placement module 30 credits
  Dissertation 60 credits

Option modules

Students can take 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.

Option modules Module title Credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 30 credits
  Anthropology of Health and Medicine 30 credits
  Ethnographic Film and Cinema Studies 30 credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 1 30 credits
  Economic and Political Anthropology 2 30 credits
  Learning from Social Movements 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual Production Course 30 credits
  Anthropology of Art 1 30 credits
  Psychology and Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 30 credits
  Economic and Political Anthropology 1 30 credits
  Gender Theory in Practice 30 Credits
  Critical Voices in Development 30 credits
  Anthropology of Religion 30 credits
  Digital Anthropology (PG) 30 credits
  Anthropological Theory 30 credits

Download the programme specification. 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.

For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page

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

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £8990
  • Home - part-time: £4495
  • International - full-time: £16950

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. 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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