Department work placements


At Goldsmiths, we realise the value of integrated work placements in bringing a new dimension to your studies and in developing your skills and career goals. We are extending the range of courses with work placements year-on-year.

Select your study level to see some of our current placement options.



An optional placement will be offered from 2014-15.


Students on all undergraduate degrees have the option of a year out placement at the end of the second year. Alternatively, you can gain course credits through relevant summer vacation work. 

Students on the BSc Creative Computing have worked on paid professional creative projects, which have also counted towards credits on their degree and have even lead to full-time work.


All BA Design students do a design-related placement at the end of the second year. This helps you to position yourself within the profession and hone your skills. Recent placement organisations have included ImaginationOxfamAlexander McQueenSelfridges and Studio Myerscough.

Educational Studies

Placements on BA Education, Culture and Society give you the chance to get hands-on experience within community groups.

English and Comparative Literature

A final year placement option will soon be available on all undergraduate degrees


The Department of History have a History at Work module for those studying History on single and joint undergraduate programmes. This gives you the opportunity to gain experience of a museum or archive in London, working with the raw materials of history. Students undertake work placements with organisations such as the Wellcome LibraryRoyal Pharmaceutical SocietyLondon Transport Museum and the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

There is a work placement option available in the third year which enables you to gain experience in a wide range of media-related settings. 


All undergraduate students have the chance to do a work placement, which could be in a pressure group, voluntary group, political organisation or many other settings. Students have completed placements recently with organisations including the Red Cross, London Development Agency and the Equality and Diversity Forum.

Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Structured, compulsory placements form an important part of both BA Social Work and BA in Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work.

Optional placements can guide your career choices and enhance your confidence in BA Psychosocial Studies


Sociology students who take the ‘Reflexive Practice Sociology’ option will have the chance to take up a placement in a voluntary organisation and conduct an ethnographical survey.

Visual Cultures

Visual Cultures as Public Practice is a final year placement option, which gives the opportunity to apply theory to a specific collection.



All students on MA Development and Rights undertake a placement which contributes to their dissertation.


The MSc in Computer Games and Entertainment works closely with industry-leaders to offer internships at studioes including Sega and Sony.

Students on the MA in Digital Journalism undertake work placements which can provide material for their theses.

Cultural Studies

MA Culture Industry offers short and long placements.

MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy offers integral placements.

Recent placements for students in the Centre have included The Kaleidoscope TrustPrivacy International and Detention Action.


MA Interaction Design includes either a placement or independent fieldwork.

Institute for Creative Cultural Entrepreneurship

A placement with arts company or management organisation forms an important part of the MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy.

MA in Creative and Cultural Entrpreneurship includes an optional placement.

PGCE/Initial Teacher Education

All those training to be teachers undertake the necessary schools-based experience.

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

MA Screen Documentary offers an optional work placement.


MA in International Studies includes an optional placement. 

Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Each of the wide range of professional courses within this Department includes placements which are regulated by the appropriate statutory bodies.


MA Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice has an optional placement module.

Theatre and Performance

A placement is important part of MA in Applied Theatre.

In MA in Musical Theatre you take a placement relating to the strand chosen.


Please note that some placement options are over-subscribed - we cannot guarantee a place.