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Course summary

Explore what unites and divides us, how we make sense of our relationships, and understand our place in the world around us. On Goldsmiths’ innovative BA Sociology programme, you’ll look at contemporary global events as you explore issues of social inequality, culture, power, and identity. Why study BA Sociology at Goldsmiths

  • Studying at Goldsmiths means you’ll study in one of the world’s leading sociology departments. We are ranked joint 1st in the UK for research intensity in sociology (Complete University Guide Subject League Tables 2022) and ranked in the top 40 in the world by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • Sociology gives you the tools to understand the world, but also to think about how to change it for the better. You'll study current events to explore how social inequalities operate and how they might be overcome.
  • You’ll take modules that explore how race, gender, social class, and disability affect our lives, how global social movements combat oppression, how historical processes such as colonialism continue to shape today’s societies, and how the climate crisis requires that we develop new ways of thinking and acting.
  • You’ll be learning about popular culture, representation, multicultural society, and urban studies in the heart of southeast London. For example, if you take the ‘London’ option module you’ll be getting out on the local streets, taking photos and doing visual sociology yourself, rather than just reading about London in a classroom.
  • Our staff teach their own specialisms – they're pioneers in their fields and write the books that are on reading lists across the country. You’ll be learning from sociological experts on diverse subjects such as childhood, race and racism, religion, health, crime, migration, and human rights.
  • You’ll have the chance to pick from a wide range of exciting option modules so you can tailor your own pathway through the degree. Select from options such as: Sex, Drugs and Technology; Prisons, Punishment and Society; Why Music Matters for Sociology; Visual Explorations of the Social World; Food and Taste; Thinking Animals; and Law, Identity and Ethics.
  • Our focus is on helping you to become the type of sociologist you want to be, so in your final year you’ll design your own project and carry out your own research based on what interests you most. Some recent topics include: South Asian youth and the quarter-life crisis, Conventional beauty standards and black women’s hair practices, Social media influencers as ‘digital capitalists’, The negotiation of responsibilities for British-Somali women students and Emotional labour in call centre work.
  • Because you’ll be generating data of your own, conducting primary research, and analysing lots of evidence, you’ll be developing great transferrable skills and experiencing what it means to be a sociologist from day one.
  • Our BA Sociology degree will equip you with a range of skills, including research, critical thinking and analysis, working with others, tackling inequality knowledgably, and project management.
  • The skills and the knowledge you gain during the degree will enable you to pursue a diverse range of careers including public sector management, teaching, education consultancy, technical creative media arts, human rights NGOs, and environmental science occupations.


The first year of the degree gets you thinking sociologically and critically, and introduces the ways in which sociological knowledge of societies has been shaped by disputes about theories and methods. First year modules address problems that have interested sociologists in their attempts to account for the world we live in. You will start to understand how the meaning derived from sociological investigations operates in cultural processes, and look at the methods that have been developed by sociologists to produce sociological knowledge. Compulsory modules in the second and third years cover the main approaches to sociological thought, and their implications for understanding contemporary societies. You develop a rich knowledge of the variety of sociological reasoning and research. In the third year you take a compulsory module in contemporary social theory and society, and you choose four options. Year 1 (credit level 4) You'll be assigned a personal tutor, who also acts as an academic tutor. Tutors oversee your academic work and progress over the year. You take six compulsory modules: Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1A Researching Society and Culture 1A Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Culture and Society Researching Society and Culture 1B Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1B Year 2 (credit level 5) You will take the following compulsory modules: Central Issues in Sociological Analysis The Making of the Modern World Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences Sociology of Culture and Communication Researching Society and Culture 2A Researching Society and Culture 2B You also choose 30 credits worth of Sociology options. Those recently available have included: Sex, Drugs & Technology Leisure, Culture and Society Space, Place & Power Art and Society Organisations and Society Culture, Representation and Difference London Marxism The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice Social Change and Political Action Crimes Against Humanity Migration in Context Year 3 (credit level 6) You will take the following compulsory modules: Identity and Contemporary Social Theory Confronting the climate crisis You also: Write a Dissertation worth 30 credits. This is independent research, supported by classes and subject specialists, resulting in an 8,000-word dissertation in a topic of your own choice. Choose four Sociology options. Those recently available have included: Race, Racism and Social Theory Global Development and Underdevelopment Sociology of Visuality Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture Making Data Matter Sociologies of Emerging Worlds Privacy, Surveillance and Security Philosophy, Politics and Alterity Subjectivity, Health and Medicine Philosophy and Power: The Philosopher and the Colonies Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction Thinking Animals 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, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We exercise flexibility where entry requirements are concerned, and make offers based on your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject, as shown by your application and personal statement, qualifications, experience and reference. If you don't have academic qualifications you may be invited to interview. We frequently interview mature applicants (over 21) or those with alternative qualifications, and have a long tradition of encouraging students from all social backgrounds to study at our university.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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