Course information

Department

Anthropology

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

Are you interested in a career in anthropology, but haven’t studied the subject before? Have you studied anthropology in the past, but need to consolidate this experience before moving into anthropological research?

Why study MA Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths?

  • Whatever your disciplinary background, you’ll have the opportunity to build a solid base in social anthropology, its theoretical foundations, methodology and ethnographic diversity.
  • You’ll be able to choose from a variety of option modules, which means you can tailor the degree to your own theoretical or regional interests.
  • You can choose to study topics including gender, sexuality and the body, religion and symbolism, political economy, psychological perspectives in anthropology, the anthropology of rights, and visual anthropology.
  • You’ll join a diverse group of students with a range of educational backgrounds and interests, so you’ll be exposed to many different perspectives.

Contact the department

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

What you'll study

Core modules 

You take two core modules (60 credits) that will familiarise you with the most important theoretical positions within anthropology, and will introduce you to key methodological questions. You also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

 

Module title Credits
  Anthropological Theory 30 credits
  Anthropological Research Methods 30 credits

Option modules

You choose up to 60 credits of option modules from a list that has recently included:

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
  Economic and Political Anthropology II 30 credits
  Intercultural Film 15 credits
  Photography & Sound 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Borders and Migration 15 credits (UG) 30 credits (PG)
  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

Assessment

Dissertation; reports; take-home papers; options may require a presentation or production of visual material.

Download the latest 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.

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 and no element lower than 6.0 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

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

Careers

This programme is ideal if you're thinking of pursuing a career in the media, or in research, teaching, policy and many other fields.

Recent graduates have been employed by Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

The Masters also provides an excellent grounding for students interested in pursuing research in social anthropology – several have gone on to complete research degrees at Goldsmiths.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

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