Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

L619

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Anthropology

Course overview

From fake news to personal data, digital technology is shaping and reshaping our lives faster than at any other time in human history. To tackle the contemporary issues in digital social worlds, you’ll need a modern skillset to match.

The BA Digital Anthropology degree brings together anthropological approaches and digital expertise to enable you to investigate digital societies and the growing role of technology in global challenges such as health, the environment, economic and political relations, and social justice.

Why study BA Digital Anthropology at Goldsmiths?

  • As the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the UK, you’ll develop truly cutting-edge knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else
  • You’ll gain meaningful technical skills such as coding and programming, which will open up exciting future career paths and opportunities
  • We look at anthropology from a fresh perspective. You’ll be part of an academic community that’s driving the discipline forwards, pioneering new fields of interdisciplinary research to understand the issues that matter now
  • You’ll be encouraged to take on industry and placement opportunities in the UK or Europe, giving you the chance to expand your experience and get a head start on your future career
  • You’ll learn to research the digital social world, how technology is changing the way we live, and even our fundamental understanding of ourselves

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Elena Gonzalez-Polledo

What you'll study

Throughout your studies you’ll develop knowledge of traditional anthropological tools such as ethnography, cultural analysis and interpretation, material culture approaches and comparative political analysis, alongside practical digital skills. This will enable you to develop innovative ways of understanding the social dimensions of digital worlds. 

You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your own areas of interest through coursework, optional modules and an independent research project in your final year where you’ll dig deeper into a key issue that matters to you.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules:

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Introduction to Digital Anthropology 15 credits
  Introduction to Social Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropological Methods 15 credits
  Anthropological Ideas 15 credits
  Anthropology Today 15 credits

You will also take 30 credits from the following option modules:

Year 1 option modules Module title Credits
  Ethnography of a Selected Region 15 credits
  Web Programming 15 credits
  Designing Digital Interactions 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In your second year, all modules are compulsory. You will study the following modules:

Year 2 modules Module title Credits
  The Digital Everyday: Ethnographic Approaches 15 credits
  Digital Methods and Practice 30 credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 30 credits
  Thinking Anthropologically 15 credits
  Anthropology at Work 15 credits
  Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your final year, you will study two compulsory modules:

Year 3 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Individual Studies with Digital Practice 30 credits
  Advanced Topics in Digital Anthropology 15 credits

You will also choose 60 credits from a list of option modules approved by the Department of Anthropology, at least one of which must be from the Department of Computing:

Year 3 Anthropology options Module title Credits
  Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology 15 credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Health and Medicine 30 credits
  Anthropology of Art 15 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology and the Visual 2 15 credits (UG) or 30 Credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
  Material Culture 30 credits
  Learning from Social Movements 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Borders and Migration 15 credits (UG) 30 credits (PG)
  Digital Anthropology Level 6 15 credits
  Staff/Student Research Project 15 credits

 

Year 3 Computing options Module title Credits
  Engaged Social Media Practices 15 credits
  Data Visualisation and the Web 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning, with an innovative teaching and learning strategy combining practice-based approaches and blended learning, including a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and masterclasses.

You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work. 

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

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

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We don’t assume you have any knowledge of anthropology, and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social studies or science backgrounds.

International qualifications

We also 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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course reading is available digitally and through the library. You will be provided with a printed reading pack for some modules, however, for the majority of modules you will need to cover the cost of photocopying or printing reading materials if you choose to do this (unless this is covered by a reasonable adjustment agreement). 

Some modules require hard copy submission of written or practical work, which may involve associated costs such as printing and binding, artistic supplies, and USB drives.

Some modules will include field trips to free museums or sites within greater London and you'll need to cover the cost of transport to these venues. Occasionally field trips may be organised to venues which charge admission, but these are always optional.

If you undertake work placement modules or fieldwork as part of a module or final individual project or dissertation, you will be responsible for your transport and subsistence costs.

Research

Staff in the Department of Anthropology work on pioneering and award-winning research projects that are pushing the boundaries of modern anthropology. Many of our interests intersect with the digital world and technologies, which means that you’ll learn from the people working at the forefront of developments in digital anthropology.

We’re currently researching:

  • Social media and data infrastructures
  • Digital violence
  • The role of the digital in everyday experiences of place of identity
  • Digital politics and social movements
  • Digital video production
  • The impact of datafication and digital technologies on public health and wellbeing

Careers

Studying the BA Digital Anthropology, you’ll gain highly-valued knowledge and practical skills that you’ll be able to apply to real-world contexts to investigate, analyse and understand complex issues. 

Throughout your degree, you’ll develop skills in:

  • Anthropological and digital research
  • Communication (including public speaking, visual representation, digital communication, developing and presenting an argument, note taking and report writing)
  • Practical digital skills such as coding and programming
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Awareness of social, political and cultural processes
  • Thinking ‘outside the box’

Your specialist and transferable skills will provide a solid foundation for a wide range of careers. Depending on your personal areas of interest, you may choose to pursue a career in:

  • Social and community work
  • Journalism and the media
  • Research
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Counselling
  • Overseas development
  • Working for NGOs and charities
  • Human resources
  • Teaching

You can learn more about the career options open to you after you graduate on our Anthropology employability pages. Find out about how our Careers Service can help you throughout your studies.