Conceived in the context of world-systemic transformation, this MA will give you the analytical tools to understand contemporary developments and the world(s) through an encounter with post-colonial theory and international political-economic issues.

We're witnessing today a tectonic shift in global geopolitics. The emergence of China, Brazil and India as global players, the development of global governance, the financial crisis, climate change – are all symptoms.

On this Masters, you’ll grasp concepts like race, diaspora, hybridity, difference, grassroots development, HDI, multitude, immanence, and human rights.

These concepts are used to analyse practical, policy and activist issues arising from globalisation: global civil society, the role of international organisations (the IMF, WTO, UN and World Bank and global NGOs), intellectual property rights, social capital, financialisation, global governance and deep democracy.

You'll deal with issues like terrorism, microfinance, indigenous people, gender and sexuality, multiculturalism and environmental justice.

The MA is ideal for anyone pursuing careers in policy research, NGOs, advocacy, charities, international organisations, cultural and political activism, global media, art and curating, as well as for further academic work leading to a PhD.

Practical placement

The Masters includes a supervised and assessed practical placement. This may be with NGOs in India or Africa, arts and conservation organisations in China, indigenous activists in Latin America, London-based global NGOs, diasporic communities, think-tanks, environmental organisations, publishers or financial/microfinance organisations.

Leading theorists and visiting lecturers

You'll be taught by leading theorists and visiting lecturers drawn from a wide circle of activists, artists, film-makers, lawyers, economists, journalists and policy-makers.

What you'll study

Core modules

Module title Credits
Postcolonial Theory 30 credits
Globalisation: Politics, Policy and Critique 30 credits
Policy Lab and Placement 30 credits
MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy Dissertation 60 credits

Option modules

You take option modules to the value of 30 credits. Modules can be chosen from across Goldsmith's departments and centres. Option modules are subject to availability and approval by the module lecturer/convenor.

Other option modules, by department

You may prefer to look through the full range of option modules available across Goldsmith's departments.

  • Anthropology
  • Confucius Institute (Mandarin language)
  • English and Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
  • Politics
  • Sociology

Please note that not all the modules listed may be open to you. Your final selection will depend upon spaces available and timetable compatibility.


Essays and/or practical projects; dissertation.

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Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at upper least 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.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF or completed online
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

Applicants are encouraged to submit by 31 May, though applications after this date may still be considered to start the following September.

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.


The programme provides advanced training for labour market-relevant skills in the transnational analysis of sovereignty, democracy, governmentality, financialisation, intellectual property rights, and the role of non-governmental organisations.


Suitable careers and areas of work for graduates of the programme include:

  • The academic sphere
  • Government and non-government sectors
  • Arts and art administration
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • The culture industry in general
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated November 13, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
15,500 GBP
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