Why study the Black British History programme from Goldsmiths, University of London ?
- 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.
- 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 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 area of black experience and race studies for decades. Goldmsiths offers an MA Black British Writing programme and a 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.
This course will give you an excellent basis for a range of careers in and around issues of diversity. It will also help prepare you for careers in journalism and the media - you'll be able to take option modules and gain expertise from those teaching our Race, Media and Social Justice and History and Journalism programmes.
You'll gain general history skills including analysing source material, developing and sustaining arguments, data gathering and analysis as well as effective written and spoken communication skills that can be transferred into a wide variety of domains, from private business to the education and NGO sector.
We have established partnerships with the Black Cultural Archives and the George Padmore Institute which can facilitate career development opportunities such as placements and internships. You can also benefit from access to the Goldsmiths Special Collections - a library archive that provides opportunities for research placements.
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- British Empire to Empire Windrush - Black Britons in an Age of Reform
- Black Abolitionists in the Age of Liberty: from the Zant to the Zong and Beyond
- The London Breed: Society and Culture in the Postcolonial City
- Trumpeters, Divers and Blackamoors: The Black Tudors
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
15 June: Deadline for applications to be considered for the departmental funding.
DisciplinesEthnic Studies History Modern History View 646 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
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- Students should normally have, or expect to gain, a degree of at least upper second class standard 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.
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International15820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15820 GBP per year during 12 months.
National7540 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7540 GBP per year during 12 months.
- National - part-time: £3770
Living costs for London
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.