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Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

MA and PhD Programs in Visual Sociology

Goldsmiths is one the main hubs of Visual Sociology. Goldsmiths hosts the only MA program in Visual Sociology in the world, and it also hosts a specialized MA in Photography and Urban Culture, as well as a specialized PhD program in Visual Sociology. A significant percentage of its full time staff work in Visual Sociology and neighbouring fields, including Les Back, Vikki Bell, Rebecca Coleman, Michael Guggenheim, Paul Halliday, Kat Jungnickel, Nirmal Puwar, and Nina Wakeford, among others, with interests ranging from urban photography to exhibition making, and digital and inventive visual methods. At Goldsmiths visual sociology gets pushed into all kinds directions, yet it is firmly rooted at the center of everythign the department does.


MA Visual Sociology:

This programme is designed for students who are interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches. It allows you to study sociological issues alongside innovative methods

The MA will enable you to intervene in and represent the social world by developing the ability to undertake empirical research and present it publicly in a variety of media and materials.

You will engage with sociology as an inventive research practice, orientated towards the creative deployment of research methods.

MA Photography and Urban Cultures:

It is designed to encourage creative interplay between practice and theory; you will have the chance to consider cutting-edge debates in cultural and social theory in a research setting that actively encourages the development of photographic practice.

The programme offers working photographers, visual artists and media practitioners space to reflect critically on their practice.

It also offers those with a background in sociology, urban and cultural geography, cultural studies or anthropology the opportunity to combine visual forms of representation with standard forms of research techniques in investigating urban life and the physical environments of the city.


  • Street: New Cross
  • City: London
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Postcode: SE14 6NW


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