Course Introduction

Investigate the world of anthropology from a new angle. The BA Anthropology programme offers a challenging and contemporary syllabus, exploring key anthropological debates, and using them to help you understand contemporary societal and cultural issues.

**Why study BA Anthropology at Goldsmiths?**

We offer a fresher approach to the subject than other institutions – from the impact of austerity economics, to investigating how the creative arts can tackle inequality, you’ll learn much more than just ‘traditional’ anthropology. You’ll look at the subject from a contemporary perspective, and be able to apply what you learn in lectures to your everyday life.

In the first two years, you’ll concentrate on basic anthropological concepts, such as kinship, ritual, world systems, and development. You'll also learn to analyse these concepts using video, film and written texts, and you’ll get to study two regions of the world in depth.

In your final year you’ll be able to specialise by choosing a selection of option modules, tailoring your degree to your own interests and aspirations. You'll have the opportunity to investigate anthropology in relation to politics, religion, philosophy and psychology in order to develop an interdisciplinary perspective of the subject.

You'll explore links between theoretical issues and ethnographic studies, enabling you to think critically about culture and society in Britain, and around the world. Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies.

Course Modules

Level 4

Introduction to Social Anthropology

Ethnography of a Selected Region I (The Caribbean)

Anthropological Methods

Ethnographic Film

Humans and other animals

Anthropology in London

Anthropological Ideas

Level 5

Anthropology of Religion

Anthropology and the Visual

Politics, Economics and Social Change

Ethnography of a Selected Region II (Europe)

Ethnography of a Selected Region 2 (Highland Latin America)

Thinking Anthropologically

Anthropology and Political Economy

Thinking Through Race

Level 6 - you also take one of the following research project modules. You will choose and design your own project, after agreeing with your departmental supervisor.

Extended Individual Project


Individual Project

You will make up the remaining 75-90 credits (depending on your chosen project) from a list of optional modules.

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

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 -- with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5