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.

Study Details:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules 
Anthropological Theory 30 credits
Anthropological Research Methods 30 credits
Dissertation 60 credits

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

Anthropology and Gender Theory 30 credits
Anthropology of Health and Medicine 30 credits
Ethnographic Film and Cinema Studies 30 credits
Platforms for Action: Placement module 30 credits
Anthropological Approaches to History 30 credits
Anthropology and the Visual 1 30 credits
Economic and Political Anthropology 2 30 credits
Critical Concepts in Migration and Mobility 30 credits
Learning from Social Movements 30 credits
Anthropology and the Visual Production Course 30 credits
Anthropology of Art 1 30 credits
Psychology and Anthropology 30 credits
Anthropology of Rights 30 credits
Economic and Political Anthropology 1 30 credits
Gender Theory in Practice 30 Credits
Critical Voices in Development 30 credits
Anthropology of Religion 30 credits
Digital Anthropology (PG) 30 credits

Student Destinations

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.


These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £8640 Home/EU - part-time: £4320 International - full-time: £16290

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.

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