Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and Journalism

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Course summary

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The BA History & Journalism will help you develop a keen understanding of the past so that you can produce riveting journalism about the present. If you loved history at school, and want to help report and shape current events, then this is the degree for you. Why study BA History & Journalism at Goldsmiths?

  • This course is designed so that the two strands – journalism and history - mesh seamlessly together; informing one another. You’ll be taught by historians who are also journalists, and journalists who have written about history. All of the tutors you’ll encounter have extensive experience, having written about some of the most important global events of our times – from revolutions in Latin America to the effect of oil exploration in Africa.
  • By the end of the programme, you’ll have an advanced ability to gather, synthesise and understand historical information and present it to audiences in a wider range of contexts and platforms.
  • From a journalism perspective, you’ll finish the course with a comprehensive knowledge of multi-media journalistic techniques – and a large portfolio of work which will include long-form pieces of journalism and articles written for our in-house live local news website Eastlondonlines. You’ll leave us well prepared for a career in journalism, communications, marketing, research, charities and NGOs.
  • You’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs equipped with Macs with editing software and hard drive space for your work. You’ll also be able to access technical equipment such as cameras or sound recording equipment.
  • We’ll give you extensive assistance to help you find informal work experience. You also have the option to do a placement as one of your third-year module choices; this is normally undertaken in the summer before your final year.
  • We host regular Media Forums which feature speakers from journalism and the wider media industries discussing and debating current issues, such as the crisis in local newspapers, the future of the BBC and ethnic minority representation in the media.
  • There are a huge range of other events, talks and conferences including an annual Human Rights film screening festival. Goldsmiths also hosts two outside journalistic research units – Airwars (which researches conflict zones in the Middle East) and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Course details


You will take core modules in historical concepts and methods, journalism skills and long form historical journalism with a final project devoted to a piece of extended journalistic research in a historical context. All practical journalism modules are taught by practising journalists from our School of Journalism, who have experience at the highest levels of the national media. You will also choose option modules from both departments, with the opportunity to work creatively and undertake innovative assessments such as blogs and YouTube videos. In addition to the modules you study during your degree, we encourage you to make the most of the exciting calendar of activites that both departments organise throughout the year, including a range of guest speakers and lecturers. Year 1 (credit level 4) You take the following compulsory modules: Concepts and Methods in History Media History and Politics Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs Introduction to Multimedia Journalism You will also take one of the following 30 credit options: Religion, Peace and Conflict Dictators, War and Revolution Self, Citizen and Nation Year 2 (credit level 5) You study the following compulsory modules: Extended Feature Research and Writing Media Law and Ethics Feature Writing Option modules - You will study 30 credits of modules that fuse History and Journalism, 30 credits of History modules and a 15 credit Media option. Examples of History and Journalism modules include: Introduction to the History of the Modern Middle East Minorities in East-Central Europe: Coexistence, Integration and Annihilation, c.1870-1950 Modern Revolutions in Comparative Perspective Imagining Africa: Ideology, Identity and Text in Africa and the Diaspora Examples of History modules include: Black and British: A Long and Varied History Britain Through the Lens Empires in Comparative Perspective: Imperium Romanum to Pax Americana Heresy, the Occult and the Millennium in Early Modern Europe History in Practice Histories of Sexualities Southeastern Approaches: A History of Serbs and Serbia since the Middle Ages The USA in the Era of the Vietnam War, 1954-75 Visual and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe Global History of Buddhism Latin American Revolutions 1945-1990 London’s History Through Literature History of Asian Medicine: From Manuscripts to YouTube History in the News The Fictional Nineteenth Century London's Burning: Social Movement and Public Protest in the Capital, 1830- 2003 Year 3 (credit level 6) Core module - Interdisciplinary project and you will take 30 credits from the Department of History and 30 credits from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeVP15
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
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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

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.
Scottish Higher BBBBC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2

You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. As the course demands significant amounts of writing, it's important that you are able to cope with the rigours of the course.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

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History and Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS