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Goldsmiths, University of London: Visual Sociology

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department Sociology
Study type Research


We offer MPhil and PhD research programmes in Sociology for full or part-time study.

The Department of Sociology is home to some 40 scholars and researchers whose work is known and cited internationally.

We offer a stimulating research environment for undertaking postgraduate research in a wide range of sociological fields, including:

  • race, ethnicity, religion and nationalism

  • gender and social life

  • sociology of culture

  • inventive and sensory methods

  • urban culture, world cities, economies and social exclusion

  • migration

  • medicine and the life-sciences, health, illness and disability

  • science and technology

  • children and young people

  • human rights and political sociology

  • socio-legal studies and global justice

  • social and cultural theory

  • political theory and political sociology

  • philosophy of social sciences

  • visual sociology

We particularly encourage cross- and interdisciplinary research in emerging fields of study and creative practice.

  • The MPhil/PhD in Visual Sociology offers candidates the opportunity to submit a portfolio of practical work as part of their thesis alongside a reduced textual component. The programme is supported by the Visual Sociology Lab, providing access to an extensive range of technical resources for audio/visual production.

  • Our community of postgraduate researchers is an integral part of the Department's vibrant research culture. We actively foster the full participation of our research students in the work of our research Centres and Units. This includes contributing to departmental publications, running research blogs, hosting student-led seminars, conferences, and reading groups, constructing new platforms for mediated intellectual spaces, and much more.

  • Doing a PhD is an amazing discipline. It shapes you in terms of your career, but also personally in terms of how you think about the world and yourself. It also has the potential to make an impact on the world. To get a sense of how, come to the department to meet us and some of the students. Email us to book an appointment.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

An incubator for ideas

Creativity has always been the hallmark of Goldsmiths. Academic excellence and imaginative course content combine to make a place where creative minds can thrive and ideas are allowed to grow.

Our courses and research activities span the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, business and management across 18 academic departments.

A world leader in new knowledge
Our academics cooperate across disciplines to create exciting new courses and develop novel approaches to research issues. Our interdisciplinary approach has helped us to become a national leader in many subject areas. …

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