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Course summary

This programme engages with the newest military history research, addressing conflict, communities and identities to take military history beyond ’great men, great horses, great battles’. Why study BA History with Military History

  • Our military history places armed forces in broad contexts, examining how they are influenced by the societies from which they are drawn, and how they have influenced those societies.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of the politics of the military, analysing the causes for which people fight and the interplay between national identities and the military.
  • Gender, (homo)sexuality, race, non-combatants and ‘home fronts’ all figure here, considering how studying military history in its broadest and interdisciplinary sense can contribute towards equality, diversity and social justice.
  • National armies are still part of our approach to military history, but so too are those labelled ‘freedom fighters’ by some or ‘terrorists’ by others.
  • Our military history analyses militaries in a broad sense, including those who took part in revolutions through arms, and those who resisted occupations and conquest by military means.
  • You can still study aspects of national armies, world wars and major battles.
  • Our cutting-edge approach to the discipline also means expanding the way you think about militaries and make links between military history and politics, society, gender, race and culture.
  • 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. Compulsory modules: 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 In your second year, you will have the opportunity to direct your study through optional modules and broaden your intellectual horizons. You will select 90 credits of optional modules, including 30 credits from the Military History pathway, and up to 30 credits can be a University of London intercollegiate Group II module. You can also select the final 30 credits in a related subject from another Department at the College (15 credits of which are part of the compulsory Goldsmiths Elective module), or choose another 15 credits from the History Department modules, Compulsory modules: The Goldsmiths Elective Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module Year 3 In your third year, you will develop your specialist interests and knowledge. You will take either the 30-credit Special Subjects module (Ireland's First World War) or a University of London Intercollegiate Group III Special Subject module from a list approved annually by our partner institutions. These include Birkbeck, King’s College London, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, University College London. You will complete a 30-credit dissertation alongside your chosen Special Subject. You will also choose 60 credits of option modules from a list approved annually by the Department of History. 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 Military History at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS