Goldsmiths, University of London
Black British History MA
Goldsmiths, University of London

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Course Description

The MA in Black British History is an exciting opportunity to study and research the histories of Africans and African-descended peoples in the United Kingdom.

Why study MA Black British History at Goldsmiths?

  • Most studies of black history are concerned with US Civil Rights. This programme's focus on the black British experience is an important step in changing that conversation and diversifying the curriculum.

  • This programme will teach you key concepts and methods for writing, researching, teaching, and sharing Black British histories.

  • You’ll gain a firm understanding of the histories of Africans and African-descended peoples in the United Kingdom as well as of the ways that diasporas, empire, and patterns of migration have shaped Britain.

  • You'll study a range of historical periods, ideas and figures including the black Tudors; accounts of former slaves; abolitionism; black Victorians and Victoriana; religious experiences; black involvement during the First and Second World Wars, and African and West-Indian immigration to Britain.

  • You’ll learn important theories and methods from a range of fields and consider how they relate to the Black British experience. These theories and methods will include African diaspora studies and Black European studies; histories of colonialism, slavery, and emancipation; histories of the African continent and the Caribbean region; as well as postcolonial theory, Black studies, critical race theory, and contemporary debates about race and ethnicity. The programme will also include modules that allow students to learn about Black British history in global, national, regional, and local perspective.

  • You’ll not only learn about Black British histories, which have been marginalised from our public understandings of British history and are too often invisible in education and in the media, you’ll also join in the work of researching and sharing the histories of Black people in Britain.

  • You’ll learn how to critically engage with historical records, artefacts, and writings, as well as the established and emerging scholarship on Black Britain.

  • You'll learn important theories and methods from the fields of race/ethnic studies and postcolonial theory alongside the histories of colonialism, slavery, and the Caribbean, and how these relate to the black British experience. The programme also pays close attention to questions of power and asks, for example, how race and sexual orientation throughout history and around the world have often become interlinked in oppressive ways.

  • Our location in South London is extremely important to us. You'll be able to engage with the rich local history around Goldsmiths, from the shipyards of Deptford through to the sites of the Battle of Lewisham and the Black People’s Day of Action.

  • You'll be part of a rich academic heritage - we've been researching in the areas of Black area of black experience and race studies for decades. Goldsmiths offers an MA Black British Writing programme and an MA Race, Media and Social Justice course from which students can elect to take a relevant module as part of their programme of study. We're also home to the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies which is actively involved in the local community. It's one of the only Caribbean-led Research Centres within a University environment.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.0 in Writing)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.0 in Writing)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Black British History, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Students should normally have, or expect to gain, a first degree of at least upper second class standard (or equivalent) in history or another appropriate subject, or be qualified by previous experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to work at Master's level. Applicants who are not graduates, or who have a degree in an unrelated field, or any other candidates may be subject to a qualifying examination in the form of essay work. 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 to study this programme.


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Goldsmiths, University of London

Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths, University of London, is located in the South-Eastern area of London known as New Cross. The facilities are impressive at this university, providing students with Art, TV, and Radio studios, as well as a host of other resources aimed at optimising the experience for students on any of their courses. With Goldsmith’s exceptionally active event calendar, making new connections is easy, giving learners a way to socialise without even having to step foot off campus.

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