It will allow new researchers to re-think both the conduct of social research and the forms that social research writing takes in the 21st century.
Students registered on this degree will complete all of the research training modules outlined for the MPhil programme. The MPhil will allow you to re-think the gathering, analysis and presentation of research data and consider the future of sociological representation.
Assessment will be via a thesis, visual/aural component (a video or sound feature, or a photographic project), and viva voce.
The MPhil programme offers the opportunity for you to continue your research to a PhD.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Postgraduate Research Officer of Sociology.
Sociology at Goldsmiths is ranked: 9th in the UK and 45th in the world for this subject area** 9th in the UK for the quality of our research***
**QS World University Rankings by subject 2015 ***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
The Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths is active, contemporary and inventive. We are interested in everything from the ‘global’ issues of poverty and injustice to the ‘micro’ issues of cultural identity and the presentation of self in a digital world.
Our staff are some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – they’re the pioneers who are pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. They’ve played a key role in developing social research methods, setting agendas in social and cultural policy, and linking theory to practice.
Through their world-leading research you’ll be at the forefront of current debates and will be encouraged to see the world differently.
How to apply
Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, listed above. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.
Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body. You should look at our staff research interests to see if we are the right department for you and whether there is a member if staff who may match your research interests.
If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.
Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.
This should be in the form of a 1,500-3,000-word statement of the proposed area of research and should include:
delineation of the research topic why it has been chosen an initial hypothesis (if applicable) a brief list of major secondary sources the name of a staff member who you believe would be interested in acting as your supervisor