Anthropology and Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Why study BA Anthropology & Sociology at Goldsmiths Stimulate your independent thinking and curiosity in a wide range of areas in anthropology and sociology.

  • Anthropology and sociology deal with human behaviours in their social context. This degree gives you a comprehensive grounding in these converging subjects, so you'll develop an understanding of their shared traditions and differences in perspective.
  • The dynamic nature of the degree means you’ll be able to bring an interdisciplinary angle to any problem, whether that’s arguing your perspective in an essay or coming up with novel solutions in your future career.
  • The degree is divided evenly between anthropology and sociology, so you'll get a solid grounding in both subjects.
  • You'll have the option of taking work placement modules in the second and third years of the degree.
  • In your third year, you’ll be able to choose from a range of option modules, tailoring your learning in a way that suits your interests and aspirations. You might choose to explore topics like gender theory, environmental anthropology, or borders and migration.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies.
  • We've been rated top 10 in the UK for both anthropology and sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.


Year 1 In your first year, you will learn the main theories within social anthropology, and be introduced to ethnography and anthropological methodological practice. You'll take the following compulsory modules Compulsory modules: Being Related Contemporary Approaches to Anthropology Anthropological Methods Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1A Optional modules You also choose one of these optional modules: Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1B Culture and Society 1B Year 2 You'll take the following compulsory modules: Thinking Anthropologically Critical Ecologies: black, indigenous, queer and transnational feminist approaches Philosophical and Methodological Issues in Sociology and Anthropology Central Issues in Sociological Analysis You'll also take the following optional modules: 1 optional module from a list provided annually by the Department of Anthropology. 1 optional module from a list provided annually by the Department of Sociology - this includes the option to take a Sociology Work Placement. Goldsmiths Elective Module option, which opens up a range of options from departments across the university. Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module, which draws together students from across the university to study together in an option. Recent second year Anthropology modules have included: Anthropology of Religion Anthropology and Public Policy Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Anthropology and Global Justice Recent second year Sociology modules have included: Social Change and Political Action Sociology Work Placement The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice Sex, Drugs & Technology Leisure, Culture and Society Organisations and Society London Social Change and Political Action Food and Taste Religion, Crime, and Law Crimes Against Humanity Year 3 In your final year, you'll take the following compulsory module from the Department of Sociology: Confronting climate crisis You'll then choose: 1 or 2 modules from a list provided annually by the Department of Anthropology. 1 or 2 modules from a list provided annually by the Department of Sociology. 2 or 3 modules across any of the optional modules from the two departments. Recent third-year anthropology modules have included: 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 Anthropology of Violence Anthropology in Public Practice Learning from Social Movements Borders and Migration Digital Anthropology Anthropology and the Visual: Production Module Critical Voices in Development Environmental Anthropology Ethnographic Film and Cinema Studies Anthropology of Religion Recent third year sociology modules have included: Sociologies of Emerging Worlds Philosophy, Politics and Alterity Identity and Contemporary Social Theory Law, Identity and Ethics Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life Race, Racism and Social Theory Citizenship and Human Rights Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture Globalisation, Crime and Justice Crimes of the Powerful 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

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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 Year 1 of the programme.

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

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

Fees and funding

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Anthropology and Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS