Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This exciting degree lets you explore the ways in which thinking about politics is vital to a study of history, and how the past development of social and political institutions and ideas is crucial to an understanding of contemporary politics. 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. We'll defamiliarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at the subjects from a different perspective. You'll work with staff who are enthusiastic researchers as well as being excellent teachers, many being recognised as international leaders in their field. We're only 15 minutes by train from the centre of government and decision'making at Westminster and Whitehall, and you'll be able to make use of the many museums, galleries and exhibitions available in London. 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. We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political and historical arguments, theories and ideas.

Course Modules

Year 1: Foundation course in historical methods and concepts; 1 option: medieval history; early modern history; modern history; 2 introductory politics courses: political theory; UK politics; European politics. Year 2: Modern political theory; politics option; 2 history options. Year 3: Interdisciplinary dissertation; 2 options: buddhist Asia: a cultural history; class, race and politics in Southern Africa since 1870; early modern London: from walled city to world metropolis 1500'1720; history and culture from Hume to Heidegger; Italy since 1870; lived histories; britain in the 19th and 20th centuries; contemporary political and social theory; comparative European politics; democratic theory and practice; government and politics of the European Union; the modern state: theories and issues; political sociology; politics of local government; and public administration.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
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
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)

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12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 45%

Total Coursework: 55%

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

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