At Goldsmiths we're constantly exploring, questioning and reshaping the world. You can challenge yourself through our innovative degrees and world-leading academics that will inspire you to see the world differently.
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As part of the University of London for over 100 years, we have a rich academic heritage, but we’re constantly questioning, challenging and building on what we know.
Rated a five stars institution for areas including teaching, employability, and internationalisation (QS Stars/QS Intelligence Unit 2020), we also have several subject areas in the world’s elite according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 and were voted as one of the top political universities in the UK by students (Which? University 2019).
Innovative and exciting
Expect to be challenged. At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies.
We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.
Based in vibrant South-East London, our friendly single-site campus is the perfect base to explore all that London has to offer.
Student life and events, societies and sports teams mean that whatever you're into, you're bound to find your place in our welcoming academic community.
"I came to visit the campus before I looked around and immediately it was amazing. It had this friendly vibe, it was in the middle of London but it somehow felt quite like its own little place in a really lovely way that I haven’t experienced with any other kind of London university."
I had never actually really heard of Goldsmiths, I discovered it through my mum who found out about it, and the integral part was I came to visit the campus before I looked around and immediately it was amazing. It had this friendly vibe, it was in the middle of London but it somehow felt quite like its own little place, its got its own little bubble in a really lovely way that I haven’t experienced with any other kind of London university. I immediately felt this sense of being at home that I never really felt in a university before and that’s how I knew, through visiting, so that is really important to me.
I’ve always been torn between anthropology and literature so I originally studied literature. When I first came to Goldsmiths I was studying American literature, which is a great department here, but at the same time I started hearing these rumours about anthropology being an amazing course so I did a trial week. I think it was my first week at Goldsmiths, and I tried out the lectures and seminars and immediately fell in love with the teaching style and just the subject as a whole and I knew I had to study anthropology.
Goldsmiths do social and cultural anthropology specifically, which involves studying different cultures around the globe – not just from our perspective but also learning about all of these obscure places and different societies and how that bears upon our society and the political structures here. I’ve studied witchcraft in Africa, I’ve studied South America, I’ve studied landscapes in Australia, and for my dissertation, I’m studying first nations in Canada. It's just a completely global perspective which is something I’ve always wanted to learn about.
I was quite nervous about coming to Goldsmiths because I’d had some unfortunate experiences in the past, but most people at Goldsmiths are really friendly and fun, quite arty, political individuals and generally quite similar as a demographic I guess. I was really lucky, I had amazing people in my halls, and we’re all best friends today and I fell in love with my course immediately. The thought of the experience I’ve had thus far on this campus where everything is in one place and your whole life is this one place that you love so much, it’s really hard to think about leaving.
Our dedicated careers service, placement opportunities and contemporary courses mean you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to succeed in your future career. 9 out of 10 of our students go into work or further studywhen they graduate (DLHE 2016-17).
Looking back, studying at Goldsmiths has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It completely changed the way I think, perceive, analyse and feel the world around me.
Marta, BA Sociology
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