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Course summary

This is a pathway of the MA in Applied Anthropology & Community and Youth Work, aimed both at international applicants who may not need a British National Youth Agency qualification and those who want to become specialists in community development. Why study MA Applied Anthropology & Community Development

  • This MA is a second pathway to the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work. It was launched in 2012 as an option for international or home students who do not need an National Youth Agency qualification and for those who want to specialise in community development. A third pathway, the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Arts started in 2015.
  • The three pathways entail different placements but are taught together, providing much opportunity for exchange of ideas and collaboration amongst students.
  • You'll learn from leading academics, with Goldsmiths being rated top 10 in the UK for anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
  • This programme is endorsed by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development.


The MA consists of an academic programme of lectures, seminars and tutorial assignments, and practical experience. Modules are taken over one academic year if you are studying full-time, and two years if you are studying part-time (part-time study only available to home/EU students). Full-time students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays and spend the rest of the week on fieldwork placements and library studies. Part-time students attend on Thursdays in one year and Tuesdays in the other. The Department of Anthropology teaches two of the core components of your degree: Contemporary Social Issues 30 credits Anthropological Research Methods 30 credits Dissertation 60 credits In addition, we strongly encourage all students, particularly those without a background in anthropology, to sit in on the Anthropological Theory module offered by the department. The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies runs the fieldwork modules, which involve placements that are supported by seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials. This MA pathway entails 20 hours of observations and 380 hours of placements, normally focused on national occupational standards in community development, consisting of three placements with at least two different organisations. The fieldwork and accompanying teaching are divided into three modules: Fieldwork Report 1: Perspectives and Approaches 15 credits Fieldwork Report 2: Critical Practice 15 credits Fieldwork Report 3: Management, Enterprise and Development 30 credits Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

Modules are currently assessed by essay, documents completed by the student in relation to the placement and community development national occupational standards learning, a report by the placement supervisor and a fieldwork contract form. The final placement also involves an assessment of the observations.

Entry requirements

You'll need: an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in the social sciences or another appropriate subject, with some experience of community and youth work. at least four months of full-time, or part-time equivalent, work experience prior to starting the MA. We also offer the MA in Applied Anthropology & Community and Youth Work (professionally validated by the National Youth Agency) for applicants with more work experience. Experience can include paid or unpaid work; voluntary, community and youth work in organisations; and relevant informal work. If we make you an offer to study on this programme, we will ask you to complete an application for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS and meet the Fitness to train criteria. Please note there will be a fee for all DBS applications; we will send you further information about payment if you are made an offer. You can find more information about this on our fitness to train pages. You might also be considered 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. If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Applied Anthropology and Community Development at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS