Goldsmiths, University of London

History and Anthropology Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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This degree is a challenging, critical introduction to two disciplines key to understanding human life, culture and society in the past and present. It enables you to explore contemporary cultural issues from an historical perspective.

Why study BA History & Anthropology at Goldsmiths?

  • We offer something different and exciting – we use innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to history and anthropology, and will encourage you to explore issues, controversies and themes rather than chronological periods.

  • You'll have the opportunity to apply your academic skills within the workplace through our History at Work placement scheme, so you’ll be able to gain industry-standard experience before you graduate.

  • You'll work with staff who are excellent teachers and enthusiastic researchers, many of whom are recognised as international leaders in their fields.

  • We help you think beyond the traditional boundaries of subjects in ways that employers really value – you'll learn to solve complex problems, think critically and creatively, and communicate with clarity which will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies.

Course details


Year 1 introduces you to key methods and perspectives in history and anthropology. You'll also learn about the role of ethnography by focusing on the linguistic and cultural groupings of a particular region. In addition, you'll pick another history option.

In Year 2 you investigate ‘classic’ theories and key anthropological texts on religion, magic, myth, ritual, morality, symbolism and belief, and you’ll explore interactions between changing economic and political structures in modern life via ethnographic examples. You also choose two history options. You can also take a module in a modern foreign language or apply to take a ‘related study’ – an approved module from another department.

In Year 3 you take:
An individual project that consists of independent, interdisciplinary study supervised by staff from both departments, assessment
by: dissertation
A choice of History and Anthropology options
and Anthropological Approaches to History.

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 written exams, practical projects, a dissertation, or coursework; all modules contribute to your final result.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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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

Qualification Offer Further 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
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
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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