Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme brings together community development and youth work practice with the research methods and theoretical preoccupations of anthropology. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in youth and community work and who need a professional qualification. It is fully endorsed by the National Youth Agency and the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers for pay and qualification purposes. Taught jointly by the Departments of Anthropology, and Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, the programme reflects the common concerns of lecturers in both disciplines.

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 three fieldwork placements, each of which is supported by seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials.

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 one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, work experience prior to starting the MA. If you don't have this level of experience, you may be interested in the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development pathway. 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 Fitness To Train criteria.