This MA introduces you to recent debates on gender in the disciplines of sociology and media and communications studies, and to the interdisciplinary domains of feminist social and cultural theory.

Drawing on the internationally recognised and pioneering expertise of staff in the Department of Sociology and Department of Media and Communications, the programme offers you the opportunity to develop cutting-edge critical skills in relation to cultural approaches to gender formation and gender theory.

As well as these theoretical and analytical points of orientation, the MA in Gender, Media and Culture aims to help you grasp the importance of epistemology and methodology for the evaluation of empirical investigations of gender formations.

The programme therefore introduces you to, and offers training in, the key socio-cultural methods for the study of gender in the contemporary world, including methods for the study of visual culture; the body and affect; and memory.

These two elements of the programme are brought together in a dissertation study, which involves tailored supervision in the application of research methods to a specific topic.

This programme relates to the following disciplines:

  • Sociology
  • Media and Communications
  • Humanities
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Philosophy

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:


Core modules

  • Introduction to Feminist Theory and Culture 30 credits
  • Gender Affect and the Body 30 credits

Option modules

You have 60 credits at your disposal, you can choose any 30 credit modules related to gender from postgraduate modules across the University. You can choose either a regular option (30 credits) or two ‘mini-options’ (2 x 15 credits).

For your other options, you can choose modules from either the Department of Sociology or the following Departments across Goldsmiths. Not all modules are suitable for students from all academic backgrounds; you will discuss your choices with the Programme Convenor at the start of your degree.

Media & Communications theory options

Media modules currently include:

  • Media, Law and Ethics 15 credits
  • Understanding Journalism, for Research Students 15 credits
  • Embodiment and Experience 15 credits
  • Media Geographies 15 credits
  • Race, Empire and Nation 15 credits
  • Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures 15 credits
  • Music as Communication and Creative Practice 15 credits
  • Political Economy of the Media 30 credits
  • Promotional Culture 15 credits
  • The City and Consumer Culture 15 credits
  • Contemporary Screen Narratives in Practice and Theory 30 credits
  • The Structures of Contemporary Political Communication 30 credits and 15 credits
  • Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice 15 credits
  • Campaign Skills: Theory and Practice 15 credits
  • Journalism in Context 15 credits

Options from other departments

You’ll also have the option of taking modules from other departments at Goldsmiths: 


  • Centre for Cultural Studies  
  • English and Comparative Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Educational Studies

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


Student Destinations

Previous graduates have embarked on professional careers in social research, think tanks, the arts and cultural sectors, government and public administration, development, human rights, NGOs, and in media and communications globally. They have also progressed to PhD study.


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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper 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.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. 

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

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