Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

History is fascinating and exciting ' key qualities to help you through a degree. It's also important. Studying History at degree level 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 ' especially with the innovative and thematic way it's taught at Goldsmiths. You'll have the opportunity to gain precious industry'standard experience and apply your academic skills within the workplace through our History at Work 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. 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 Department of History is large enough to provide a wide range of modules, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff. History at Goldsmiths could well be the best three years of your life so far ' and will help to open up even more exciting doors in the future. 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. Through your degree, you'll learn to solve complex problems, think critically and creatively, and communicate with clarity.

Course Modules

Year 1: Concepts and methods in history; 3 foundation courses: the making of medieval Europe; the age of discovery; the shaping of the modern world. Year 2: 4 courses are chosen from a range including: the crusades, 1095'1400; early modern London (from walled city to world metropolis, c1500'1666); apocalypse now (crisis and catastrophe in the later Middle Ages); gender and culture in Medieval Europe; magic and myth in Medieval and early modern Europe; state and society in early modern England, c1500'1714; the making of the modern European mind, c1350'1700; reform and renewal (religious life in Britain and Europe in the age of the reformation and counter'reformation); lived histories (Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries); the eclipse of a super power (Britain 1867'1956); Italy since 1870; France and Germany since 1870; the future of Britain (British history, 1900'1990); history and culture from Hume to Heidegger; Buddhist Asia (a cultural history); contemporary moral problems; foundations of art history; medical history; health, healing and illness in Africa; history of psychiatry. Year 3: Courses include a special subject chosen from within the university, 2 further history courses or 1 further option in history and 1 in a related subject.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100 ???abroad???
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000 ???home???
4 - 5 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD

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14% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 42%

Total Coursework: 58%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation