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MA - Critical and Creative Analysis

Goldsmiths, University of London Department of Sociology

Full time & Part time See Course MA 1 year full time or 2 years part time

About the course

We live in a time of profound cultural, social and political changes. This Masters degree in Critical & Creative Analysis is designed to equip you with the conceptual and analytical tools to understand and engage with these developments in thoughtful and inventive ways.

On this interdisciplinary Masters you'll be able to critically analyse cultural processes from advanced theoretical perspectives. This analysis will be as creative and dynamic as the processes themselves. 

Why study MA Critical & Creative Analysis at Goldsmiths?

Develop a critical understanding of the analysis of contemporary culture

You’ll be introduced to a range of traditions and resources from the sociology of culture, cultural studies, process philosophy, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, speculative

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

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.

Course Content

Open days

27 November 2020
Sociology Virtual Open Day

Where is Goldsmiths, University of London


Student Profile(s)

Paolo Cardullo

163.gif I used to work full time, 9 to 5, in Peckham Jobcentre Plus, and had done this for a few years, until my son was born: this gave me a chance to re-think my daily routine, and consider the important things in life. What I most like about Goldsmiths are the supportive environment, the feeling that you are valued as an individual, and the mix of tools, both theoretical and practical, that have been proposed to me. There’s so much going on at Goldsmiths, and sometimes I have the impression that I miss a lot of events, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, seminars, and I wish I could have more time at hand. However, my compatibility with my work-life balance, I still have a chance to participate and enjoy the flexible arrangements and schedules of a lot of events, evening seminars, week end tutorials, remote web-based assistance, etc. There is a sense of being part of a lively community of learning and, by being encouraged to participate with own work and presentations, of contributing to a fruitful research enterprise.

Rachel Cummings

"I chose Goldsmiths for its reputation in the social sciences and its location in a creative, exciting part of London. The course has been great – it's really flexible so you can tailor it to your particular interests. It's also ideal for people who want to work across multiple disciplines or aren't really sure where they fit academically as you can try a bit of everything.

The scheduling has made it possible to study part-time alongside my job. I'm a nurse, and through this course have had the opportunity to study health sociology and anthropology as well as related subjects like embodiment, empathy and difference. Other people on the course have focused on entirely different subjects, and that's one of the things that makes the seminars so interesting.

I submitted an essay I wrote for the 'What is Culture?' module to the Nursing Philosophy Journal graduate essay competition and was lucky enough to win first prize. This has led to publication in the journal and an opportunity to present at the International Philosophy of Nursing's annual conference in Galway, Ireland."


"After having trained in contemporary dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, I undertook the MA in Critical & Creative Analysis in order to inform my artistic practice.

As a working artist, I believe it is important to develop an awareness and understanding of society and find inspiration along different avenues. This MA, the most flexible course in the Sociology department, has helped me to achieve this by further solidifying my academic base and providing me with a door to new ways of thinking."

Ivana Andelkovic

"I chose the MA Critical and Creative Analysis because it deals with influential critical theory, old and new, and nurtures a flexible and open approach to it, for which Goldsmiths is widely known.

In the core module we touched upon various topics that included cultural theory, gender studies, urbanism, modernity, philosophy of sciences and politics. We read both new and older classical theories through the contemporary experience, which provided us with a broad range of tools for analysing social and cultural phenomena.

Aside from the core module, I designed my own mix of Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies and focused on the topics that particularly interested me. It all led me to developing a dissertation on philosophy of immanence and biopolitics.

Prior to coming to London, I was running an activist platform based on self-organisation, collaboration and the use of commons. Having broadened my knowledge in critical theory, the MA will help me improve my work as an activist who encounters various groups and helps them articulate their practice. Having acquired new ways of engaging with theories as tools for deeply understanding contemporary contexts, I feel that I can develop further as a scholar and pursue PhD."


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