Masters programmes in Sociology

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Goldsmiths is an exciting space for postgraduates.

Check us out on Facebook and join our Masters alumni group. You'll be kept up-to-date with the latest events and news from the Department and communicate with other former students.  

Prof Kate Nash is the Director of Masters Programmes and Kelsie Williams is the Postgraduate Programmes Officer.

For details on how to apply and funding opportunities follow the links, but for any other questions please contact the Postgraduate Programmes Officer. For a list of available postgraduate modules, please see our postgraduate modules page.

We do everything to try to ensure that our programmes are taught on Thursdays and Fridays, as we know many of our students are in paid work.

While we cannot guarantee you will only be taught on those days (especially if you choose options from other Departments), we will continue to try to make sure our courses are taught on Thursdays and Fridays.

Of course, there are many other events, besides teaching, going on in the Department and in College every day of the week, mostly in the evenings - so you will not need to miss out on meeting other students and staff on those days.

Study abroad

The Department of Sociology offers an Erasmus scheme which enables you to live in a European city for part of your degree.

Our masters programmes

Degree listing

MA Brands, Communication & Culture

This unique programme introduces you to the variety of ways in which brands are developed and used, and helps you to understand how the growth of branding – in business, but also in politics, government, sport and culture – has changed the societies we live in.

MA Ecology, Culture & Society

Runaway climate change, mass extinctions, radical ecological transformations. We are living through profoundly unsettling times, and face equally uncertain futures. The MA Ecology, Culture, & Society offers the opportunity to engage with the urgency of contemporary socio-ecological challenges and to imaginatively explore ways of inhabiting the Earth otherwise.

MA Gender, Media & Culture

This programme introduces you to recent debates on gender in the disciplines of sociology and media, as well as to the interdisciplinary domains of feminist social and cultural theory. There are a range of topic choices available, including: embodiment, feminist methods, media and sexuality, and postcolonialism.

MA Human Rights, Culture & Social Justice

This MA examines contemporary issues concerning justice. You will learn how to conceptualise and study the possibilities of human rights, going beyond legal formulations to look at the conditions in which human rights claims are made.

MA Race, Media & Social Justice

How we live with difference is the key issue of our time. Issues relating to race and ethnicity, whether immigration, Islamophobia, #blacklivesmatter, or media diversity, are at the forefront of public debate. The MA Race, Media and Social Justice will equip you with critical and theoretical tools to unpack and deepen your understanding of contemporary debates on race, ethnicity and racism.

MA Sociology

How can sociology engage with the most significant challenges facing societies today and the patterns and dynamics of contemporary social life? Through an introduction to the sociological imagination and sociology as a craft and vocation, you will study core themes of sociology at an advanced level to develop your capacity to think critically and sociologically.

MA Sociology (Cultural Analysis)

This degree brings together the rich work within critical and cultural theory, continental philosophy, cultural studies, and contemporary feminist and postcolonial scholarship.

MA Sociology (Visual Sociology)

This MA is designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory, and other experimental approaches. You’ll study sociological issues alongside innovative methods and gain the tools needed to examine, represent and intervene in the social world.

MPhil/PhD Sociology

We offer MPhil and PhD research programmes in Sociology for full or part-time study.

MSc Social Research

The MSc Social Research is an advanced degree in social scientific methodology and is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a research training degree. It is suitable for those who wish to prepare for PhD research, as well as those seeking to increase key employability skills in qualitative fieldwork, quantitative data management, and data analytics.