Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

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.

This programme is endorsed by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development.

Course Modules

The Department of Anthropology teaches two of the core components of your degree: Contemporary Social Issues and Anthropological Research Methods. In addition, we strongly encourage all students, particularly those without a background in anthropology, to sit in on other MA option courses offered by the anthropology department, such as Anthropological Theory, Anthropology of Development, Anthropology of Violence, Anthropology of Art and Anthropology and the Environment.

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 20 hours of observations and 280 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 (80 hours practice), Fieldwork Report 2: Critical Practice 15 credits (150 hours of practice), Fieldwork Report 3: Management, Enterprise and Development 30 credits (150 hours practice plus 20 hours 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
1 year
Full Time
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. 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. 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 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 with your offer. You can find more information about this on our fitness to train pages
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing, to study with us.