1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree) or 2 years (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
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 to the programme changes page.
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.
This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) Anthropology degree.
Why study the Integrated Degree in Anthropology at Goldsmiths?
- All you need is an interest in Anthropology – there aren’t any formal entry requirements
- You’ll learn about anthropology, human society and the difference between cultures, as well as globalisation and visual anthropology. You’ll explore relevant political, economic and social anthropological themes (including money, work and consumption; nation, place and migration; race and ethnicity, sex and gender; violence; and fundamentalism)
- You’ll develop key study skills on a dedicated course throughout the programme
- If you successfully achieve the progression requirements for the course, you'll be able to progress onto Year 1 of our BA Anthropology degree, and really delve into the specifics of the subject
The Open Book pathway
You can also study this course through the Open Book pathway. This pathway offers additional support for people with a non-traditional background including offending, addiction and mental health, as well as those who have never truly considered further and higher education.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Dr Justin Woodman.
What you'll study
Modules (traditional pathway)
You will study the following modules:
|Ways into Anthropology||30 credits|
|Contemporary Issues in Anthropology||30 credits|
|Doing Anthropology: Methods and Ethics||15 credits|
|Studying Anthropology||15 credits|
|Visual Media and Digital Cultures||15 credits|
|Short Research Project (Anthropology)||15 credits|
Individual tutorial support and academic guidance is given by the programme tutor. You'll also attend a study skills course as part of the programme.
This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. 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.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 2 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
- Year 4 - 13% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning
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.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 100% coursework
- Year 2 - 50% coursework, 50% written exam
- Year 3 - 88% coursework, 13% practical
- Year 4 - 100% coursework
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2021-22 and 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.
There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for the subject, and the ability to benefit from studying the programme.
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.
Admission is by application to UCAS, interview and a short piece of written work.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17370
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.
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.
If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA Anthropology, which will enable you to develop the following skills:
- Communication skills (including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking, report writing)
- Analytical thinking
- Awareness of social, political and cultural processes
The particular set of skills associated with anthropology, including development of awareness of social and cultural difference, and learning to think ‘outside the box’, provides a good foundation for a number of career paths.
Our students have been successful in a range of areas, from postgraduate research and teaching in higher education, to film making and other media careers, journalism, and museum curating, to applied or advocacy work for NGOs and development agencies.
Our particular emphasis on public anthropology encourages our students to explore options in a range of practice-based and public sector career paths. You can find out more about career paths after an Anthropology degree on our Anthropology careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.