Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

LV61

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time or 4-5 years part-time

Department

History
Anthropology

Course overview

This degree is a challenging, critical introduction to two disciplines key to understanding human life, culture and society in the past and present. It enables you to explore contemporary cultural issues from an historical perspective.

Why study BA History & Anthropology at Goldsmiths?

  • We offer something different and exciting – we use innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to history and anthropology, and will encourage you to explore issues, controversies and themes rather than chronological periods.
  • You'll have the opportunity to apply your academic skills within the workplace through our History in Practice work placement scheme, so you’ll be able to gain industry-standard experience before you graduate.
  • You'll work with staff who are excellent teachers and enthusiastic researchers, many of whom are recognised as international leaders in their fields.
  • We help you think beyond the traditional boundaries of subjects in ways that employers really value – you'll learn to solve complex problems, think critically and creatively, and communicate with clarity which will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr John Price or Dr Helen Cornish.

What you'll study

Overview

Taught jointly by the Departments of History and Anthropology, this programme emphasises a creative engagement with processes of social change and cultural interaction. You also examine the history of past societies (non-Western and Western) through a culturally informed framework. You'll be introduced to debates surrounding the nature of evidence, the role of memory, cultural representation and interpretation, and the use of oral, literary and visual sources. You'll also have the opportunity to apply your academic skills within the workplace, through our History at Work scheme.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

Your first year introduces you to key methods and perspectives in history and anthropology. You'll also learn about the role of ethnography by focusing on the linguistic and cultural groupings of a particular region. In addition, you'll pick another history option.

You take the following modules:

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  Introduction to Social Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropological Methods 15 credits
  Concepts and Methods in History 30 credits
  Ethnography of a Selected Region 1 (The Caribbean) 15 credits

You also take one of the other first year 30-credit History modules, from a list approved by the department.

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In Year 2 you investigate ‘classic’ theories and key anthropological texts on religion, magic, myth, ritual, morality, symbolism and belief, and you’ll explore interactions between changing economic and political structures in modern life via ethnographic examples. 

You take these three Anthropology modules:

Year 2 modules Module title Credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 1 15 credits
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits

You also take 60 credits' worth of modules in History from an approved list, 30 credits of which may be a Group 2 module.

Year 3 (credit level 6)

During your third year you take:

  • An individual project that consists of independent, interdisciplinary study supervised by staff from both departments. Assessment by: dissertation
  • A choice of History and Anthropology options

You take the following core module:

Year 3 core module Module title Credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits

You also take a combination of option modules from both departments to the value of 75 credits, at least 30 credits of which must be from the History Department.

Anthropology option modules include:

Year 3 Anthropology options Module title Credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits
  Anthropology of Health and Medicine 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 2 15 credits
  Material Cultures 15 credits
  Anthropology in Public Practice 15 credits
  Borders and Migration 15 credits
  Learning from Social Movements 15 credits
  Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology 15 credits
  Anthropology of Art 1 15 credits
  The Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual Production Course 15 Credits
  Digital Anthropology 15 credits
  Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Gender Theory in Practice 15 credits
  Extended Individual Project 45 credits
  Staff/Student Research Project 15 credits

Find out more about the Level 6 modules from History, and information on Special Subjects

You may choose to take a Special Subject History module from a wide range of subjects offered not only at Goldsmiths but also by history departments throughout the University of London. Special Subject modules offer in-depth study using original historical sources.

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures and seminars. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include written exams, practical projects, a dissertation, or coursework; all modules contribute to your final result.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 44% coursework, 56% written exam
  • Year 2 - 88% coursework, 13% written exam
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2018/19. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
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%, preferably including History
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Above all, we're looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents and interests necessary for this degree, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications, especially the access diploma.

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 & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £9250
  • Home/EU - part-time: £4625
  • International - full-time: £16390

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 Tier 4 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.

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.

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.

Careers

Degrees in history and combined subjects develop your critical and analytical skills, your ability to express ideas clearly and your expertise in gathering insights from a range of subjects. Historical research enables you to gather and select from a range of materials – literary and visual. It teaches you to write with imagination and clarity.

Former students have forged careers in journalism and the media, museums and galleries, the Civil Service, teaching and research, law and the commercial world, but the skills learned are also applicable to many more industries and roles.

History in Practice

Our History in Practice module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a partner organisation from the museums, archives or heritage sector. This provides a great opportunity to get work experience, develop skills, and get inspiration about what you might want to do in the future. 

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches. You can also read more about career options on our dedicated History and Anthropology careers pages

What our students say

Terri

"Goldsmiths changes your perspective for life"

"I always feel proud to say that I graduated from Goldsmiths, and I never regret having chosen a joint honours degree. I loved getting to grips with how Anthropology and History complemented each other whilst also being independent studies.

My degree gave me the critical thinking and drive I needed to pursue a career in the Museum and Gallery sector. Since graduating in 2011 I have pursued a career working in numerous museum and gallery roles including positions at Tate, National Maritime Museum and the Science Museum. 

The community and reputation of Goldsmiths as an institution helped me to embrace all aspects of my course, London life and the wider art world. When you study at Goldsmiths there is no going back, you learn it’s ok to question, challenge and critique life, art, politics and knowledge itself. It changes your perspective for life."