Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

VP15

Entry requirements

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

Length

3 years full-time

Department

History
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Course overview

BA History and Journalism brings together the expertise of two departments in an exciting, innovative degree that will give you the practical skills and academic knowledge to excel in a wide range of careers.

Why study BA History & Journalism at Goldsmiths?

  • We believe that the best journalism is based on a sound understanding of the history that has shaped the world we inhabit today, and throughout this degree you'll develop a nuanced and sensitive understanding of the past to inform interpretation and reporting of current events.
  • The degree draws on the strengths of the Department of History and the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. You'll focus on the shared methodologies and skills of history and journalism. History teaching at Goldsmiths embraces cultural, social, political, religious and medical histories, with an emphasis on encounters between different cultures, battles for ideological as well as geographical supremacy, and the creation of individual and collective identities.
  • We don't just look at singular time periods – our thematic approach allows for the contrast and comparison of events across time and place.
  • This is complemented by Media, Communications and Cultural Studies modules which offer you the opportunity to develop practical skills such as interviewing, writing in a number of different journalistic styles, video reporting, photojournalism and radio journalism. You will also study more theoretical knowledge such as the importance of the context of journalism: how it relates to the broader world of the media, media culture and its place in society and the democratic process.
  • You'll have the opportunity to hone your skills as a practising journalist on our local news website EastLondonLines, working with other students to cover a large and diverse area of London.
  • In the final year, you'll undertake a supervised interdisciplinary project exploring a topic of your own choice and drawing on the research skills and methodologies of both History and Journalism (for example, archival research, oral interviews) to produce an original piece of historically-contextualised journalism. We'll encourage you to use different formats to present your work; you might choose to complete it as a written document or, for example, as a film, radio broadcast, or on a digital platform.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr John Price (Department of History) or Terry Kirby (Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies)

What you'll study

You will take core modules in historical concepts and methods, journalism skills and long-form historical journalism with a final project devoted to a piece of extended journalistic research in a historical context. All practical journalism modules are taught by practising journalists from our School of Journalism, who have experience at the highest levels of the national media.

You will also choose option modules from both departments, with the opportunity to work creatively and undertake innovative assessments such as blogs and YouTube videos.

In addition to the modules you study during your degree, we encourage you to make the most of the exciting calendar of activities that both departments organise throughout the year, including a range of guest speakers and lecturers.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

You take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
  Concepts and Methods in History 30 credits
  Media History and Politics 15 credits
  Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs 15 credits
  Introduction to News and Features 30 credits

You will also take one of the following 30 credit options:

Module title Credits
  Religion, Peace and Conflict 30 credits
  Dictators, War and Revolution 30 credits
  Self, Citizen and Nation 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

You study the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
  Extended Feature Research and Writing 15 credits
  Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
  Feature Writing 15 credits

Option modules

You will study 30 credits of modules that fuse History and Journalism, 30 credits of History modules and a 15 credit Media option.

Examples of History and Journalism modules include:

Module title Credits
  Modern Revolutions in Comparative Perspective 30 credits
  Minorities in East-Central Europe: Coexistence, Integration and Annihilation, c.1870-1950 30 credits
  Nationalism, Democracy and Dictatorship in 20th-Century Eastern Europe 30 credits
  The Age of News 1850-1990 30 credits
  Introduction to the History of the Modern Middle East 30 credits
  History at Work 15 credits
  London's Burning: Social Movement and Public Protest in the Capital, 1830-2003 15 credits

Examples of History modules include:

Module title Credits
  Bodies and Drugs: A Global History of Medicine 30 credits
  Britain Through the Lens 30 credits
  Empires in Comparative Perspective: Imperium Romanum to Pax Americana 30 credits
  Heresy, the Occult and the Millennium in Early Modern Europe 30 credits
  Visual and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe 30 credits
  Histories of Sexualities 30 credits
  Imagining Africa: Ideology, Identity and Text in Africa and the Diaspora 15 credits
  Homosexuality and Capitalism 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Core modules

  • Interdisciplinary project (60 credits)

Option modules

You will take 30 credits from the Department of History and 30 credits from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.

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 - 10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

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

  • Year 1 - 56% coursework, 19% written exam, 25% practical
  • Year 2 - 91% coursework, 9% practical
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. 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 latest programme specification. 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%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

As the course demands significant amounts of writing, it's important that you are able to cope with the rigours of the course. 

You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

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 6.5 with a 6.5 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

Careers

Careers

The combination of practical and academic study throughout this degree means that as a BA History and Journalism graduate you will be well-placed for a career in all types of journalism and the wider media industries, such as film and documentary making, communications, publishing, marketing and working on a number of digital platforms.

Work Placements

During your second and third years you will have the opportunity to undertake an optional work placement module, which will provide you with valuable workplace experience. Your work as a practising journalist on EastLondonLines will also give you practical experience of digital and local journalism, working to professional standards with other students and the local community.

Skills

You will gain a range of transferable skills including forensic research techniques, structured writing and editing and the ability to find, organise, analyse, structure and communicate information of all types. These skills are applicable to a wide range of careers, for example historical, political, social or commercial research, charity and NGO positions, archival and catalogue work, report writing and careers in ethnography and related fields.

Student work

Student journalism

EastLondonLines is an independent news website run by the School of Journalism in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. The site runs throughout the year and students on all journalism programmes spend time working on the site, gaining valuable experience and building up their CVs. You work under the supervision of School academic and technical staff.

It began in November 2009 as a means of giving students an opportunity to work as professional journalists in a real life environment. The area covered by the site is a large, diverse, multi-cultural and vibrant part of London, ranging from inner city Hackney in the North to Croydon on the southern borders of London and provides exciting and varied journalistic challenges.

Visit the EastLondonLines website

Journalism students also contribute to London Multimedia News which collates London based news stories with a radio and sound focus and are able to take part in broadcasts through our radio and television studios.