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Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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History helps us to understand how the world came to be as it is now and to understand why people behaved as they did in the past. That can help us shape our own futures. At History's core is the story of the diversity of human life. Why study BA History at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll have the opportunity to gain precious industry-standard experience and apply your academic skills within the workplace through our placement scheme.
  • We offer something different and exciting – we use innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the subject, and will encourage you to explore issues, controversies and themes rather than chronological periods.
  • The geographical range of our modules includes Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East – so you'll gain an understanding of key issues around the world.
  • The structure of the history degree is flexible. In your first year you take core modules that introduce you to the discipline, and then in your second and third years, you're free to choose your preferred options, which means you can tailor the degree to your own interests.
  • With the advice of your personal tutor, you can create your own pathway through the degree programme – you may decide to specialise in medieval, early modern, or modern history, or choose a variety of periods.
  • We think that you'll enjoy your time in our small and friendly department: we make our students our top priority; you'll work with staff who are enthusiastic researchers as well as being excellent teachers, many being recognised as international leaders in their field.
  • The degree will give you access to a wide range of careers by developing your critical, analytical and communication skills; we help you think beyond the traditional boundaries of subjects in ways which employers really value.

Course details


Year 1 (credit level 4) Our focus is on intellectual and religious history, political history, cultural history, the history of identities, medical history and research relevant to the Centre for the Study of the Balkans. All teaching after the first year is research-led. We adopt a broad approach to the study of the past, which emphasises ideas and concepts, narratives and analysis, the study of time, and the use of visual as well as documentary resources. Dictators, War and Revolution Religion, Peace and Conflict Self, Citizen and Nation Concepts and Methods in History Year 2 (credit level 5) You take modules to the value of 120 credits from an approved list, one of which may be a Group 2 module from a large list of topics taught either at Goldsmiths or in other University of London history departments. Year 3 (credit level 6) You take modules to the value of 120 credits: 60 credits from the approved list one History Special Subject worth 60 credits The Special Subject is chosen from a list of approximately 40 topics taught either at Goldsmiths or in other University of London history departments. These departments include Birkbeck, King’s College, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and University College London. 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 portfolios, long essays, examinations (various timescales and formats) and dissertation. The dissertation must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

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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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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
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
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

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, especially the access diploma.

English language requirements

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
History at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS