BA (Hons)
History with Anthropology

Why study BA History with Anthropology at Goldsmiths

BA History with Anthropology offers an exciting combination of humanities disciplines that promotes the understanding of human life, culture, and society in the past and present.

  • You will explore and analyse contemporary social, cultural and anthropological issues with a view to historically contextualising those issues.  
  • History continues to make vital contributions to how we understand and interact with the world around us. At Goldsmiths, we approach History in creative, innovative and exciting ways.
  • We focus on the relevance of historical understanding for comprehending and analysing the complex present-day world that surrounds us, contributing towards equality, diversity and social justice.
  • You’ll learn about topics from basic anthropological concepts, such as kinship, ritual, world systems, and development, to investigating anthropology in relation to history, politics, religion, philosophy and psychology.
  • You'll learn from leading academic experts. That's why we've been rated top 10 in the UK for anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

BA History with Anthropology is jointly delivered by the Department of History and Department of Anthropology

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Erica Wald.

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Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time


Home - full-time: £9250
International - full-time: £19640



Pioneering teaching
We adopt a critical and progressive approach, leading the way in subject areas from British Black history to Queer history
London life
Study in the world's top student city (QS Best Student Cities 2024) with its rich history and culture
Learn from the experts
Our staff are nationally and internationally recognised award-winning experts in their fields

What you'll study

In your first year, you'll take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Anthropological Ideas 15 credits
Reading and Writing History 15 Credits
Identity, Agency & Environment 1 15 credits
Identity, Agency & Environment 2 15 credits

You will select either: 

Module title Credits
Global Connections 30 credits
Historical Controversies 15 credits

If you choose to study Global Connections you will be able to choose one 15-credit optional module from across the Department. If you choose to study Historical Controversies, then you will be able to choose two 15-credit optional modules from across the Department.

Examples of optional modules can be seen on this list approved annually by the Department of History.

Note about optional modules (if available): The above is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

Teaching style

The programme is cumulative and progressive, with knowledge and skills building on previous years and growing year on year. Basic skills and competencies are delivered in the first year which sets the broad agenda for the programme as a whole. In the second year, the modules contain increasingly challenging and demanding material which provides the foundations for the significant independent scholarly work required and undertaken in the final year.

How you'll be assessed

A wide and innovative variety of different methods are used to assess learning, these include essays, reviews, source analyses, blogs, videos, walks, presentations, exams, and dissertations. Some modules are assessed by portfolios of coursework, or by a combination of coursework and an examination. Others are assessed by long essays or dissertations on topics approved with the tutor. Assessments vary in length according to the type of assessment and/or level of module.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

If you can't find your qualification here, then please visit our entry requirements page for a list of alternative qualifications.

Additional requirements

At Goldsmiths we offer innovative and challenging degrees in history, as well as a stimulating environment amongst a diverse and exciting community of students. Many of our students have achieved very high A-level grades, and that is reflected in our standard A-level offer.

But above all we're looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents and interests necessary for this work, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We believe that all able students of whatever age and background who have the ability should have the chance to study at Goldsmiths, and we actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications, especially the access diploma.

If you're interested in applying to Goldsmiths, whether you're currently studying or have been out of education for some time, we'd be delighted to hear from you. If you'd like further advice or have specific questions, please get in touch with the Admissions Tutor listed above.

Given the range of students that the programme is designed to attract, applicants may be asked to attend an interview, where the following criteria are evaluated:

  • Reasons for applying to study this particular degree
  • Reasons for applying to Goldsmiths
  • Background knowledge/expectations of the discipline(s)
  • Intellectual potential and analytic skills
  • Ability to express ideas verbally and engage in debate
  • Motivation to complete the programme

Performance at interview can alter the usual criteria for entry on a case-by-case basis.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £19640

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our Careers Service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.


Getting you ready for work

A degree in history can take you to almost any place you want to go. From teaching to the civil service, and business to social work. History graduates have known expertise in understanding and navigating different organisational cultures, and adapting their knowledge, understanding, and skills to different sorts of complex problems. 

History at Goldsmiths offers a range of opportunities for further study. It delivers several internationally renowned and ground-breaking MA programmes, including MA Queer History and MA Black British History. Through these programmes, the department establishes and fosters a range of partnerships with some of the leading historical and cultural organisations in London and beyond, including English Heritage, Historic England, Historic Royal Palaces, the Black Cultural Archives, and the George Padmore Institute.

Work placement

Students on all undergraduate History programmes at Goldsmiths can also choose to undertake History’s work placement module. Placement opportunities have included: St Paul's Cathedral, the Jewish Museum, the Cinema Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Bishopsgate Institute, the Museum of London Docklands, and the Wellcome Library and Archive.  

The Connected Curriculum module in Year 2 also offers you the opportunity to work with other Goldsmiths’ students towards addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with external organisations.


Equipping you with the flexibility, skills and confidence needed to achieve your ambitions are central components of History degrees at Goldsmiths. It provides you with the knowledge and skills that employers seek.

According to the Institute of Student Employers, 82% of employers do not specify degree subjects when recruiting graduates. The Hay Group found that 91% of recruiters believe that graduates with refined people skills will advance faster in their organisations.

Careers service

Goldsmiths' Careers Services offer tailored support to your individual needs. They can help you identify your career interests.

Support includes:

  • Giving you practical advice in preparing a CV
  • Teaching you important interview skills
  • Providing networking opportunities with future employers who are particularly interested in the skills of Goldsmiths History graduates 

Find out more about we help you improve your employability while at Goldsmiths

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