12 months
15820 GBP/year
7540 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Queer History degree, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, is a pioneering programme in one of the most exciting areas of historical enquiry, giving a voice to those who throughout much of history have been denied one.

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Why study MA Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London ?

  • This is the world’s first MA in Queer History and it provides a comprehensive introduction to the themes and methods of Queer History as well as laying a solid foundation in general historical study.
  • Our emphasis is in the Early Modern and Modern periods: both the Western invention of ‘homosexuality’ in the 1860s and the emancipatory movements, especially of the post-1969, post-Stonewall period, figure prominently.
  • You’ll gain a first-rate overview of important thought and methods from the fields of queer theory as well as the histories of gender and the body and sexuality.
  • We aim to historicise often binary categories, such as male/female, heterosexuality/homosexuality, active/passive, and uncover the processes through which these categories came to be seen as ‘natural’.
  • You’ll also pay close attention to questions of power, including how sexual orientation and race throughout history have often become interlinked in asymmetrical, oppressive ways.
  • You’ll be able to choose from a range of option modules so you can tailor your learning to your own interests and get the most out of your year at Goldsmiths.
  • You’ll specialise in a topic of your choice for your 15,000 word dissertation. You’ll benefit from access to the shared library and archival resources of the wider University of London and the city of London, one of the world’s queer capitals. Goldsmiths also aims to build the Archive of Queer Life Histories and involve MA students in this process.


The programme will build skills in data gathering and analysis as well as effective written and spoken communication to prepare students for jobs in diversity administration in private business, government, National Government Organisations, the education sector and legal professions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Explorations and Debates in Queer History
  • Research Skills
  • Global Queer Subjectivities
  • Sexualities and Transnational Mobilities in the 20th Century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

15 June: Deadline for applications to be considered for departmental bursaries.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in any subject. Although a specialised background in history is not required, students with a background in Literature, Gender Studies, Sociology and Anthropology are welcome to apply.
  • You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15820 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7540 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National - part-time: £3770

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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