Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Bringing together anthropological theories and ethnographic studies with communication theories and media practice, this degree provides you with an understanding of cultural diversity and a critical knowledge of communication processes. We offer a fresher approach to anthropology than the 'traditional anthropology' taught at other institutions. You'll be able to explore concepts of 'culture' and 'communication' in relation to issues of cultural difference, symbolism and representation. You'll be taught by some of the leading names in media, communications and cultural studies. You'll have the chance to develop two areas of media practice of your choice, including journalism, photography, TV production, illustration, animation, radio or creative writing. You'll have access to industry'standard practice facilities. We regularly host industry debates and talks by international figures; recent guests have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to social anthropology; ethnography of a selected region; anthropological methods; communications and signification; media, history and politics; culture and cultural studies; representation and textual analysis. Year 2: Politics, economics and social change; religion, morals and symbolism; communication studies; psychology of communications; contemporary issues in the culture industries. Year 3: Anthropology, representation and contemporary media; options from: gender, sexuality and the body; anthropology of art; psychological perspectives in anthropology; anthropology and environment; individual project in social anthropology; health, medicine and social power; kinship and ideology; urban anthropology; anthropology of the self; anthropology of animals; anthropology of development.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD

Key Course Information

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 85%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 77%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 10

14% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 25%

Total Coursework: 75%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation