Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This MA stimulates new knowledge and understandings about the understudied and often marginalised experiences of black Britons. This programme's focus on the black British experience is an important step in changing that conversation and diversifying the curriculum. You'll study a range of historical periods, ideas and figures including the black Tudors; accounts of former slaves; abolitionism; black Victorians and Victoriana; religious experiences; black involvement during the First and Second World Wars, and African and West-Indian immigration to Britain. You'll learn important theories and methods from the fields of race/ethnic studies and postcolonial theory alongside the histories of colonialism, slavery, and the Caribbean, and how these relate to the black British experience. The programme also pays close attention to questions of power and asks, for example, how race and sexual orientation throughout history and around the world have often become interlinked in oppressive ways. This course will give you an excellent basis for a range of careers in and around issues of diversity. You'll gain general history skills including analysing source material, developing and sustaining arguments, data gathering and analysis as well as effective written and spoken communication skills that can be transferred into a wide variety of domains, from private business to the education and NGO sector.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have, or expect to gain, a first degree of at least upper second class standard in history or another appropriate subject, or be qualified by previous experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to work at Master's level. Applicants who are not graduates, or who have a degree in an unrelated field, or any other candidates may be subject to a qualifying examination in the form of essay work.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing.