Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work

Professionally validated by the National Youth Agency, this programme brings together community development and youth work practice with the research methods and theoretical preoccupations of anthropology. This MA is the first of its kind in the country, combining academic and professional qualifications. 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.

Entry requirements

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 & 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 for some programmes 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.

Course modules

The MA combines an academic programme of lectures, seminars and tutorial assignments with practical experience.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.

Assessment methods

Essay, take-home exam and dissertation. All Fieldwork modules are assessed by a fieldwork report written by the student and a report by the placement supervisor. Overall, at least 50% of all fieldwork must be face-to-face with the 13-19 year age group.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,660 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,660 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,660 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,660 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

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