The culture of the Department of History is open, friendly and accessible, and research students are encouraged to be innovative in their use of sources and methodologies.
Our staff is young and we are on the cutting-edge of our fields and the student-teacher ratio allows us to devote an unmatched amount of time to individual supervision. Find out more about staff in the department.
MPhil and PhD topics in the department currently include:
The Song of the Pen: Penny Romantic Literature 1839-89 The Freak Show in Nineteenth-Century Britain British Women and German Prisoners of War in the 1940s Decoding Dress in Interwar Detective Fiction The British Diaspora - Race Return Migration and Identity in 20th Century Britain Atatürk and his Cult - A Visual History, 1918-1968 Another Balkan Myth? The Extreme Right Wing in Serbia: Indigenous Phenomenon or Foreign Adaptation? London Schools and Children, 1870-1920 The Seekers Found: Radical Religion during the English Revolution Find out more about research degrees at Goldsmiths.
The MPhil programme offers the opportunity for the student to continue their research to a PhD.
Assessment is by thesis and viva voce.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Jan Plamper.
History at Goldsmiths is ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of our research**
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
From the occult to dictators, from war to revolution, from madness to medicine, and from the body to ideas – this is history at Goldsmiths.
As a department we have a wide range of expertise covering all these areas and more. So as a student here you’ll be able to explore how people in past societies lived, loved, worked and worshipped.
For us, history isn’t just a sequence of events. We study the past thematically as well as chronologically. You’ll be thinking about the way history is informed by a wide range of other subjects and how knowledge of the past can help you to understand the world we live in today.
Skills & Careers
Our students have taken up academic posts in history and related fields around the world; others are employed in the media and as researchers and teachers.
How to apply
Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, listed above. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.
Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.
If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.
Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.
This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include:
delineation of the research topic why it has been chosen an initial hypothesis (if applicable) a brief list of major secondary sources