Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London
Undergraduate introductory text
You’ll thrive in a highly creative environment in a vibrant and urban area of London, taught by innovative, dedicated academics responsible for world-leading research and groundbreaking publications in their fields.
Goldsmiths prides itself on producing tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, teaching independent thought and critical interpretation and reflection, in return for your enthusiasm and commitment. The skills you’ll learn are adaptable to a wide variety of roles, helping you to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.
Specialising in the arts, humanities and social sciences, our unique academic approach stems from close interaction between our 15 academic departments and specialist centres and units, helping your degree stand out from the crowd. You can also benefit from extensive industry links and support with placement opportunities.
A recent multi-million pound investment has resulted in state-of-the-art facilities, including a brand new Student Support Centre and the New Academic Building that houses the latest media technology, situated in and beside beautiful Grade II-listed buildings, an extensive library and a large campus green. And as part of the prestigious University of London for over a century, you have access to a wealth of resources at other institutions across London.
One fifth of our students are from overseas, adding a global flavour to our already diverse campus life. Combined with our award-winning Student Union, enough clubs and societies to ensure you are spoiled for choice, and transport connections that take you to the heart of the capital in 5 minutes, Goldsmiths is the complete university experience.
Postgraduate introductory text
A member of the prestigious 1994 Group of smaller, research-intensive universities, Goldsmiths is ranked 9th in the UK for world leading research in the Research Assessment Exercise. 40% of Goldsmiths students study at postgraduate level in arts and humanities, social sciences and computing, where they have the opportunity to work with the top academics in their field and be part of a diverse community of like-minded peers.
Campus facilities include the Graduate School, accessible 24 hours a day with a range of computer facilities, a seminar room, training and resources and a social area; the state-of-the-art New Academic Building; and the award-winning Rutherford Building, which provides extensive group and individual study facilities and houses the Library. Students can also access central University of London facilities, including Senate House Library in Bloomsbury with its extensive collection of over 1,000,000 volumes.
Goldsmiths is based in New Cross, a vibrant area of South East London in transport Zone 2. The closest stations are New Cross Rail Station and New Cross Gate, both about 5 minutes walk away from the campus. From the stations, you are only a 5-10 minute journey away from main central London rail stations, including London Bridge, London Waterloo East and Charing Cross. Both stations are part of the London Overground network, which connects with the London Underground in less than 5 mins. New Cross also benefits from an extensive bus network and close proximity to the Docklands Light Railway.
We work hard to ensure that, as far as possible, we are accessible to everyone, and that students with disabilities can participate equally in all aspects of university life. Our Disability Team are dedicated to anticipating and accommodating the needs and requirements of students with disabilities, providing comprehensive support throughout their time at Goldsmiths.
Most buildings used for teaching have step-free access and accessible facilities, and students can view a Campus Accessibility Guide on our website to help them plan visits and timetables.
Key academic Dates
Standard term dates:
26 September 2011 - 16 December 2011
09 January 2012 - 23 March 2012
23 April 2012 - 15 June 2012
7 December 2011
15 February 2012
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We offer undergraduate Bachelor degrees; postgraduate taught and research degrees; PhD and research courses; foundation years and integrated degrees; PGCE courses; part-time, evening and short courses; professional development courses; and distance learning.
Whilst we maintain relationships with global research and industry communities and welcome overseas students, Goldsmiths does not offer study abroad or ERASMUS opportunities as an integral part of its programmes. Individual departments may include overseas visits and other activities as part of a course at their discretion.
English and Comparative Literature
Media and Communications
Theatre and Performance
Typical grades - Average offers
ABB, but offers vary between departments. We are committed to looking at each application on an individual basis.
Details on individual Clearing/Adjustment provision will be available from our staff during the Clearing period, via our dedicated Clearing hotline. We will also post details of course availability and entry requirements on our website at this time.
Fees and costs
Undergraduate fees: £9,000 UK/EU students; £10500-14200 international students
Postgraduate fees: £800-£9000 for UK/EU students, £4095-£15900 for international students. Please note research fees will not be confirmed until January 2012.
We invest 30% of our additional fee income into widening access to our courses and helping students fulfil their potential. We understand financial support is a key part of this and we have a range of bursaries, scholarships, fee waivers and awards worth over £1.6million available to our students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Individual departmental awards and bursaries are also available.
UG fees and funding
PG fees and funding
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Library and Study Facilities
Our Library is situated in the award-winning Rutherford Building, home to over 250,000 books and with subscriptions to over 3,000 current journals. It hosts an extensive collection of printed and electronic resources, collections and archives covering a range of 20th-century creative and performing arts, humanities, education and social sciences.
Our Special Collections include the Serge Prokofiev Archive. We also have an extensive Audiovisual Collection, and a School Practice Collection for students on teaching practice.
Group and silent study areas are available, as well as a supervised study area with listening and viewing facilities. Postgraduates can also register to use the Special Collections reading room for quiet study.
The Library is also home to IT Services, Media Services, Language Resources Centre, the Copy Centre and the Assistive Technology Centre, a workstation/study area for students with disabilities or other health related problems.
As part of the University of London, you will also have access to other central facilities, including Senate House Library in Bloomsbury with its extensive collection of over 1,000,000 volumes.
We have a campus wireless network for you to access the web, your Goldsmiths shared files and email from your laptop. All our halls of residence have internet access.
The Rutherford Building houses the College's central computer facilities, with large open-access areas and four computer teaching rooms. Both PC and Macintosh computers are available, with wide range of software. All computers are connected to the College network. There are printing facilites (including colour) and a range of specialist computer hardware, including scanners and music keyboards is available.
The Digital Media Suite on the ground floor of the Rutherford is equipped with digital video editing suites utilising Final Cut Pro. Two acoustic booths are also available for audio and post-production testing of video projects.
A separate Media Equipment Centre offers a stock of equipment for loan to staff and full-time students, while the Copy Centre and our Design and Print Services offer a range of services including colour and monochrome printing, digital printing, design, scanning, binding and large format copying.
Our Graduate School for postgraduates is equipped with 16 PCs and 3 Macs.
Situated over two floors at the heart of the campus, Club Pulse at Goldsmiths boasts a range of 90 exercise stations with state of the art cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, bikes, step machines, rowers and elliptical trainers. All machines have built in TV entertainment, so you can watch all your favourite TV shows and personalise your workouts.
There is also an extensive array of easy-to-use strength training equipment, easily accessible, comfortable and safe. There are machines to workout your lower, mid, & upper body, toning and stretching your muscles.
The free weights area is equipped with dumbbells, Smith Machines with Olympic weights sets and incline benches.
The dance studio is adjacent to the fitness suite and offers an extensive workout class programme that includes aerobics, step, boxercise, yoga, pilates, and much more.
The gym is fully air-conditioned and has shower and changing facilities for males and females.
You can pay per visit, or pay a monthly membership via direct debit, which gives you total access to all facilities and classes for just £21 per month. Membership is on a month-by-month basis, so no lengthy contracts to sign up to.
The campus offers a range of amenities. Our term-time refectory serves hot and cold main meals; Loafers serves Costa coffee and snacks; and Tastte shop sells sandwiches (including halal), drinks and snacks.
Stock up on university merchandise, art supplies and magazines at the Students’ Union shop, and get your essentials books from Blackwells. There is an on-site Natwest ATM for cash withdrawals.
Pick up your weekly shopping at Sainsburys superstore and TKMaxx next door. Cash machines are situated in New Cross Station and Sainsburys, and the nearest branches are on Deptford High Street.
New Cross itself has some gems of bars and restaurants. The Goldsmiths’ café is great for a fry-up, The London Particular for gourmet lunches and coffee, and The Thailand for its authenticity. Local bars and pubs include The Royal Albert (great for Sunday lazing), The New Cross House (enjoy a traditional wood fired pizza), the Hobgoblin (runs an outdoor BBQ in the summer) and the Amersham Arms (traditional pub meets legendary live venue with art gallery).
You’re also close to the historic delights of Greenwich, the funky Deptford market, and only a few minutes from the urban cool of East London on the Overground.
New Cross is home to a number of GP surgeries, health centres, dentists and pharmacies, including the Waldron Health Centre next to New Cross Station, which has five surgeries, a pharmacy and a walk-in centre. The closest hospital is University Hospital Lewisham, which has an onsite A&E department, and there are six other hospitals in a 5 mile radius. Visit the NHS UK website and type in your postcode to the health service finder to locate your closest medical services and check availability to register.
We take our students’ welfare very seriously. Our Student Support department provides a comprehensive range of services to ensure you are happy, healthy and successful at Goldsmiths and beyond.
Services include Nightline, staffed by students for students. New Cross is serviced by several night buses, and our website provides ‘Stay Safe’ information for students.
We also have multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre and a free Counselling Service. Our Disability Support Team provides ongoing and comprehensive support for students with disabilities or health-related problems.
Our award-winning Goldsmiths Students’ Union provides a range of services and student development opportunities including clubs, societies, volunteering opportunities, sports facilities, student media, representation, advice, meeting rooms, and entertainment.
It plays a big part in life at Goldsmiths, with opportunities for exciting extracurricular experiences. Our bar has a late licence several nights each week, and the Union holds a varied selection of events too, including regular quizzes, gigs, live sports and film nights, and the fabulous weekly Club Sandwich night, a Goldsmiths institution!
Part of the The Careers Group, University of London, the largest careers service in the country, our accredited Careers Service assures quality of advice, information and guidance. The Careers Service runs regular workshops and events for all students, and services include 1-2-1 appointments, CV surgeries, practice interviews, a careers library and regular job updates and bulletins. Our competitive Innovation Placement Programme offers 8-week summer placements with businesses and social enterprises. Graduates can join GradClub to continue receiving the service for up to two years.
As well as numerous scholarships, bursaries, awards and fee waivers, we also offer a short-term emergency loan for full time home students who have enrolled and are experiencing unexpected, short term hardship. This can be up to £300, which you pay back within the academic year you borrowed it. There are also numerous government-funded schemes available, including the Access to Learning Fund and Disability Support Allowance. Visit the DirectGov website for more information and to check your eligibility.
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Main Halls/accommodation for 1st years
We have eight halls of residence, from Loring Hall in the heart of the campus to the leafy grounds of Raymont Hall in nearby Brockley. Whatever the size, we try to make sure each hall has a good mix of students from different degrees, and at various stages of study, so you can make friends from across the academic community. Each hall has a team of staff, including Resident Assistants, responsible for student welfare and discipline, and administration. Six halls are within 5 mins walk of the main campus, and two no more than 20 mins walk.
There are two main types of hall layout, the traditional ‘corridor’ type and self contained flats. A third type is our studio flats in McMillan Student Village. The atmosphere within a hall very much depends on the layout of the hall, the number of students living at the hall and the location. Apart from double and twin studios in McMillan Student Village, all halls have single bedrooms only.
You can view the individual halls and their facilities and take virtual tours on our website.
We have just over 1000 rooms available in our halls of residence. You can apply for accommodation when you have received an offer of full-time study from us. We can’t guarantee any places, but we prioritise applications based on the date received and the distance you live from campus, so we advise you to get your application in as soon as possible (and by the deadline) to stand the best chance of getting accommodation.
Fees vary from £94 per week to £213 per week depending on the halls and their individual facilities, such as ensuites, common rooms and gardens. The fees include all the costs of heating and lighting. Please see our website for up-to-date fee information.
Our Student Residential Hardship Bursary is designed to offer assistance with accommodation costs to students from low income families by discounted hall fees. This scheme is available to UK and EU students only. You can contact Student Services to find out more.
Facilities vary between halls, so visit our website to compare halls and find out which one is right for you. You might want to consider features such as location, launderettes, common rooms, accommodation for couples, gardens, and whether you wish to share kitchen and bathroom facilities when making your decision.
There are different types of internet provision in all halls except Batavia Mews (although you can arrange your own internet service via the telephone line with a compatible internet provider). Six of the halls are directly linked to the Goldsmiths network and have connections in every room. MacMillan Student Village provides high speed internet connection and digital TV and radio access for a one-off payment (remember you need a TV licence!).
You can hire an electronic safe to keep your valuables safe in your room. We provide basic insurance in your fees, but recommend you check whether you need to take out additional insurance as not all your belongings may be covered.
We don’t provide parking spaces, although Loring Hall has limited spaces for disabled badge holders. Check our website for information on individual halls’ bicycle storage facilities.
Recognised off campus accommodation
Apart from Loring Hall, all our halls are situated off-campus, but a short walk from the main campus. MacMillan Student Village is privately-owned accommodation, and we rent a number of rooms for our students to use.
Many students rent privately in New Cross and the surrounding areas. The University of London Housing Services and our Student Union provide help for those looking for private accommodation, including finding flatmates, while websites like Gumtree and Zoopla feature rooms and properties to rent.
Your safety is important, so take care when viewing properties and meeting potential flatmates.
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