History with Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study BA History with Politics at Goldsmiths This programme is an innovative and interdisciplinary exploration into how social, cultural, and political institutions, decisions, and events have shaped societies and nations around the world.

  • Rather than focusing on chronology or strictly demarcated historical periods, combining history and politics encourages and facilitates explorations and analyses of key issues, controversies, themes, and debates.
  • The study, analysis and understanding of the past is as important today as it has ever been.
  • Understanding past societies fosters emotional intelligence and allows us to appreciate the diversity and adaptability of human life.
  • Understanding our pasts can help us to shape our futures and, crucially, help us shape those futures intelligently, insightfully, fairly, and with compassion, contributing towards equality, diversity and social justice.
  • Our innovative approaches to the study of politics, peel back the formal veneer of political parties and institutions to reveal the major ideological, economic, social, and cultural conflicts
  • By exploring politics in this in-depth manner, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of our world.
  • We cross boundaries between the traditional and the more radical understandings of political phenomena.
  • Politics is much more than simply what happens in parliaments, it pervades the whole of society, domestically and internationally.


Year 1 In your first year, you'll take the following compulsory modules: Global Connections Identity, Agency & Environment 1 & 2 Reading and Writing History Historical Controversies Power, Emotions and Environment Year 2 Your second year will give you the chance to broaden your intellectual horizons, and have more freedom over what you study. You will take these compulsory modules: The Goldsmiths Elective The Goldsmiths Project You'll also choose 60 credits from the list offered by the History department, up to 30 credits of which can be a University of London intercollegiate group II module and another 30 can be in another Goldsmiths discipline. An additional 30 credits will be from a list provided annually by the Department of Politics and International Relations. Year 3 In your final year, you will develop your specialist interests and knowledge. You will take the following compulsory module: Special subject module from a list of University of London intercollegiate Group III module You will also complete a dissertation worth 30 credits relating to your special subject. You will also choose 45 credits of optional modules offered by the Department of Politics and 15 credits offered by the Department of History. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of the modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

A wide and innovative variety of methods are used to assess learning, these include essays, reviews, source analyses, blogs, videos, walks, presentations, exams, and dissertations. Some modules are assessed by portfolios of coursework, or by a combination of coursework and an examination. Others are assessed by long essays or dissertations on topics approved with the tutor. Assessments vary in length according to the type of assessment and/or level of module. Assessment supports student progression across the programme, as assessments in the first year aim to measure a set of baseline skills and competencies which are enhanced, deepened and broadened in subsequent years. Lecturers return assessments and provide useful and constructive feedback in a timely manner so as to ensure that students learn from the feedback and have the opportunity to improve subsequent work.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

At Goldsmiths we offer innovative and challenging degrees in history, as well as a stimulating environment amongst a diverse and exciting community of students. Many of our students have achieved very high A-level grades, and that is reflected in our standard A-level offer. But above all we're looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents and interests necessary for this work, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We believe that all able students of whatever age and background who have the ability should have the chance to study at Goldsmiths, and we actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

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History with Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS