MA Cities & Society

Course Introduction

This Masters draws on urban sociology to explore the meaning of cities, urban life and culture.

The course covers topics including the politics of urban community, urban development, gentrification, power and infrastructure, and the abuses and uses of urban history, alongside lectures on urban policy, food politics, poverty, migration and housing.

On the MA, you will also zoom out to consider the broader meaning of urban sociology and its ongoing contribution to social science. With over two-thirds of the global population destined to live in cities by 2050, there has never been a more important time to research and understand urban life.

Why study MA Cities and Society at Goldsmiths?

Critically engage with urban work

The degree brings together social analysis, activism, and inventive research methods to critically engage with various dimensions of urban work ? from policy-making, research and cultural interventions, to the management of social programmes and institutions.

Take a multi-disciplinary approach

The MA is distinguished by a focus on experimental empirical research and covers the following disciplines: sociology, geography, anthropology, architecture, cultural studies, history, fine arts, media and communications.

Research-led teaching

We use research-led teaching to explore the importance of sociological knowledge in understanding cities, urban economies, culture, politics and social justice.

Analyse and explore spaces and places

You will analyse the organisation of contemporary cities, including the built environment, commerce, housing, culture, political and social infrastructures. You'll also explore how distributions of wealth, power and culture in spaces and places are constituted through political, material and social processes.

Study in a unique urban setting

We use our location in South East London to explore issues of city-making and urban change through hands-on methodological training.

Skills

Analytical and research skills that intersect basic sociological knowledge with that of architecture, the built environment, cultural and postcolonial theory, geography, planning, digital communications, and ethnography as they apply to the study of cities across the world.

Careers

The training in this programme is applicable to work in multilateral institutions, NGOs, urban research institutes, municipal government, cultural and policy institutions, urban design firms, and universities.

Start Date

2020-SEP-21. 2020-SEP-21.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,535 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £17,070 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that they have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that they have the ability to work at postgraduate level. Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0. TOEFL: 90 overall with 23 in Writing and 21 in each other skill.
  • TOEFL score: 90