Taught course

Social Anthropology

Goldsmiths, University of London · Anthropology

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

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? This MA offers students from all disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to build a solid base in social anthropology, its theoretical foundations, methodology and ethnographic diversity.

Students interested in pursuing careers in the media, research, teaching, policy and many other fields will find the programme of value. Recent graduates have been employed by Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Royal Anthropological Institute. It also provides an excellent grounding for students interested in pursuing research in social anthropology - several have gone on to complete research degrees at Goldsmiths.

What you study

Compulsory core modules will familiarise you with the most important theoretical positions within anthropology, and will introduce you to key methodological questions.

In addition, you may choose from a variety of option modules that will enable you to establish or develop your own theoretical or regional interests.

Optional modules currently cover topics including:

  • gender
  • sexuality and the body
  • religion and symbolism
  • political economy
  • psychological perspectives in anthropology
  • the anthropology of rights
  • visual anthropology.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Creative work10
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

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