Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Investigate the world of anthropology from a new angle. The BA Anthropology programme offers a challenging and contemporary syllabus, exploring key anthropological debates, and using them to help you understand contemporary societal and cultural issues. Why study BA Anthropology at Goldsmiths

  • We offer a fresher approach to the subject than other institutions – from the impact of austerity economics, to investigating how the creative arts can tackle inequality, you’ll learn much more than just ‘traditional’ anthropology. This is one of the reasons we've been ranked top 10 in the UK for anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
  • You’ll look at the subject from a contemporary perspective, and be able to apply what you learn in lectures to your everyday life.
  • In the first two years, you’ll concentrate on basic anthropological concepts, such as kinship, ritual, world systems, and development. You'll also learn to analyse these concepts using video, film and written texts, and you’ll get to study two regions of the world in depth.
  • In your final year you’ll be able to specialise by choosing a selection of option modules, tailoring your degree to your own interests and aspirations. You'll have the opportunity to investigate anthropology in relation to politics, religion, philosophy and psychology in order to develop an interdisciplinary perspective of the subject.
  • You'll explore links between theoretical issues and ethnographic studies, enabling you to think critically about culture and society in Britain, and around the world. Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies.


Year 1 (credit level 4) In your first year, you'll study the following compulsory modules. Being Related Approaches to Contemporary Anthropology Anthropological Methods Ethnographic Film Academic Skills for Anthropology Anthropology in London Anthropological Ideas or Anthropology Today Year 2 (credit level 5) In your second year, you'll take five compulsory modules and 45 credits of optional modules. Compulsory modules Critical Ecologies: black, indigenous and transnational feminist approaches Anthropology and Political Economy Thinking Anthropologically Thinking Through Race The Goldsmiths Elective Optional modules You'll then take 2 or 3 from the following optional module list: Anthropology and Public Policy Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Anthropology and Global Justice Anthropology of Religion Working with Images Anthropology in Public Practice Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module Year 3 (credit level 6) In your third year, you'll complete an individual research project. You can choose either to complete an Individual Project or to complete an extended version. Individual Project or Extended Individual Project You will make up the remaining 75-90 credits (depending on your chosen project) from a list of optional modules. Recent examples of optional modules include: Anthropology in Public Practice Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology Anthropology of Health and Medicine Anthropology of Art Anthropology and the Environment Anthropology of Development Anthropology and Gender Theory Anthropology of Rights Multimodal Experiments Theorising the Visual Anthropology of Violence Learning from Social Movements Borders and Migration Digital Anthropology Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

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

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Student Outcomes

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Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS