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Course summary

This programme is an exciting opportunity to focus on global issues within the framework of a History degree, crossing continents and chronologies. History at Goldsmiths is global. We explore the multidirectional travel of people, practices, resources and ideas across boundaries (local, regional, national, continental, oceanic) and the changes occurring along the way. We explore questions of power, domination, and asymmetry, as well as responses to global processes from the people worst affected by them. Our themes include:

  • World History
  • Migration
  • Empire decolonisation and race
  • Subaltern histories
  • The global south
  • Postcolonialism
  • History in transnational perspective
Studying Global History involves applying knowledge and understanding from these themes to contemporary issues such as the UK’s changing place in the world, colonial/postcolonial relationships, and complex histories of race and racism around the world, contributing towards equality, diversity and social justice. You will develop your skills in interdisciplinary approaches and engage with a range of historical methods/ideas. Why study BA History with Global Goldsmiths
  • You will learn about histories of culture, ideas, politics and power - beyond boundaries and borders.
  • You will be taught by a multi-national community of scholars whose expertise means that history can be understood globally.
  • You will understand how countries operate within global frameworks, both in the past and now, and how empires of the past continue to affect societies and politics today.
  • You'll learn from experts in a Department that has been rated top 20 in the UK for quality of teaching in History (Guardian University League Table 2023).


Year 1 In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules, and two 15-credit modules offered by the Department of History. Global Connections: the violence and exchanges that shaped the modern world Historical Controversies Reading and Writing History Identity, Agency & Environment 1 Identity, Agency & Environment 2 Year 2 Your second year gives you more freedom to expand your intellectual horizons. Compulsory modules The Goldsmiths Elective Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module You will also select 90 credits of year 2 modules approved annually by the Department of History, including 30 credits from the Global History pathway. Up to 30 credits can be a University of London intercollegiate Group II module, and a further 15 credits can be a relevant interdisciplinary module, or history-specific module. Year 3 Year 3 is where you develop your specialist skills and knowledge. You will take a Special Subject module related to Global History for 30 credits, and complete a related dissertation for a further 30 credits. You will also choose 60 credits of optional modules from a list approved annually by the Department of History. Compulsory modules You will complete one of the following two compulsory modules or you can decide to take a module related to Global History from the Intercollegiate Group III Special Subjects. Mughals, Munshi and Mistresses: Society and Rule in Early Colonial India or Healing, Magic and Mindfulness on the Silk Roads Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

A wide and innovative variety of different 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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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. Above all, though, 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, especially the access diploma.

English language requirements

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

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History with Global History at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS