Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Applied Anthropology and Community Development

This MA has been developed 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. It offers students an opportunity to develop community-based theoretical interests and practice of global relevance. This MA pathway is related to the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work, and the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Arts. The three pathways entail different placements but are taught together, providing much opportunity for exchange of ideas and collaboration amongst students.

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 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 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 the Fitness to train criteria.

Course modules

The Department of Anthropology teaches two of the core components of your degree: Contemporary Social Issues and Anthropological Research Methods. 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 five days attached to Anthropological Research Methods module; five days observations and 40 days of placements, consisting of two placements of 20 days each. The accompanying teaching is divided into three modules; Fieldwork I: Perspectives and Approaches (first 10 days of 20-day placement), Fieldwork 2: Critical Practice (second 10 days of 20-day placement), Fieldwork 3: Management, Enterprise and Development (20-day placement plus five-day observation).

Assessment methods

Essay, take-home exam, All three fieldwork modules are assessed by a fieldwork report written by the student and a report by the placement supervisor. The dissertation presents the culmination of your work, in that it is here that you apply anthropological methods and theories to a specific issue relevant to community development that you are interested in. It is taught jointly by both departments.


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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