Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This pathway has been created in response to a growing number of applicants with an arts background and arts interests, and is aimed at students who wish to work in community arts. In particular, it enables students with some experience or expertise in music or drama to use their creative skills to engage young people or adults in the spirit of youth work or community development.

This pathway is related to the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work, and the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development. The three pathways entail different placements but are taught together, providing much opportunity for exchange of ideas and collaboration amongst students.

Course Modules

The Department of Anthropology teaches two of the core components of the degree: Contemporary Social Issues and Anthropological Research Methods.The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies runs the fieldwork placements modules, which are supported by seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials. This MA pathway entails five days attached to Anthropological Research Methods module; five days observations and 40 days of placements with community arts organisations, consisting of two placements of 20 days each. Fieldwork 1: Perspectives and Approaches (first 10 days of first placement), Fieldwork 2: Critical Practice (second 10 days of first placement), Fieldwork 3: Management, Enterprise and Development (20 days second placement and 5 days observations).

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,130 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £15,340 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • You should have 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.
  • You should have at least four months of full-time, or part-time equivalent, work experience prior to starting the MA. Experience can include paid or unpaid work; voluntary, community and youth work in organisations; and relevant informal work.
  • 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 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 you will need to meet the Fitness to train criteria.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0) to study with us.