Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.98 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.90 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.85 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    55.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    80.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    83.9 / 100.0


  • Founded in 1891.
  • Part of the University of London for over 100 years.

Location and Transport

  • Goldsmiths is in New Cross, south east London, which is in zone 2 (central London is zone 1) and about 5 minutes by train from London Bridge.
  • Our single-site campus means that you get to enjoy a friendly community experience while still being very close to all the cultural and social excitement of central London.

Entry Requirements

  • Our entry requirements vary from course to course. Check on our website for details where you can also read our admissions policy.

Student Mix

The 8,165 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 64%
  • Postgraduate 36%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%


  • UK 74%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 16%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Course Flexibility

  • Most of our undergraduate degree courses are 3 years full-time, however in some departments you can spend an extra year in industry (for example on our Computing and Design degrees), and we offer a range of degrees with Chinese where you can study in Beijing for a year.
  • If you don't have the formal entry requirements to apply for a degree straight away, we offer a range of integrated degree programmes that include a foundation year – if you successfully complete this you'll then be able to progress to a relevant degree.

Teaching Standards

  • We have strong industry links with the creative and cultural sectors, and our Careers Service runs industry panels throughout the year so you get to hear from experts in sectors including marketing, public policy, and museums and galleries.

Research Standards

  • Top 25 in the UK for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014; THE research intensity subject rankings).
  • 1st in the UK for Media & Communications, 3rd for Psychology, 6th for Anthropology, 8th for Education, 9th for Sociology, 4th in London for History (Research Excellence Framework 2014; THE research intensity subject rankings).
  • We are a research intensive institution and so research is carried out in all of our academic departments and has a wide-reaching impact on public life, on issues like social justice, conflict resolution, and communications and cultural studies.

Academic Strengths

  • We blend academic rigour with creative insight – we're known for our rich history of excellence but also our inventive approach.
  • Our degrees provoke thought, stretch the imagination and tap into tomorrow's world, so you'll graduate capable, adaptable and very employable.
  • We offer over 1,400 work placements on our programmes – recent students have gained experience at organisations including Google, Tate Modern, the Wall Street Journal and Crisis.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • A library that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time.
  • Academic departments have impressive facilities to aid students' learning, including specialist laboratories and workshops, a 160-seat theatre, radio and film/TV studios, and state-of-the-art recording studios.
  • Support services including counselling, study skills sessions, a chaplaincy, and wellbeing services.
  • Access to the learning and social facilities of the University of London.

Disability Services

  • Information about the disability services at Goldsmiths can be found on our website, or by emailing

Students' Union

  • Our Students' Union is here for you from your first moments at Welcome Week right through to your graduation – it's the place to go if you want to explore volunteering opportunities, get involved in student media, join one of our clubs or societies, or make use of our sports facilities and entertainment.
  • Goldsmiths students can also use the facilities at the University of London Union (ULU) in central London.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • You can access our JobsOnline database through our Careers Service. The database lists many part-time vacancies as well as voluntary and work experience opportunities. The Careers Service also holds annual part-time jobs and volunteering fairs, where you can meet a variety of employers
  • The Careers Service will also help you improve your CV and will give you a practise interview to ensure you're well prepared for the real thing.
  • There are also opportunities for part-time work at Goldsmiths – whether that's working in the union, becoming a Peer-Assisted Learning mentor, or working as a Student Ambassador.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers Service can help you move on successfully to your next step after Goldsmiths – whether that's employment, further study, or starting a business or social enterprise.
  • While you are a Goldsmiths student we provide opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and skills, gain relevant work experience, and make the most of our services – from one-to-one sessions with our careers consultants, the opportunity to undertake paid internships, and schemes like the Gold Award and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), where you can record all of your academic and co-curricular achievements.
  • You can continue to use our Careers Service for free for three years after you graduate.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We continually invest in our campus to make sure our students have the best possible experience here – recent improvements include a renovated refectory/canteen area and brand new music recording studios.
  • An additional home in our main building for the Goldsmiths Careers Service, where you can drop in and chat to our specialist careers consultants.
  • A new art gallery is being built on campus and expected to open to the public in autumn 2016, and will host resident artists and bring the art world onto the Goldsmiths campus.

Notable Alumni

  • Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, Mercury Prize nominees Katy B and James Blake, Alex James and Graham Coxon (Blur), Antony Gormley, Sam Taylor-Wood, Margaret Howell, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Julian Clary, Ian Rickson, Tessa Jowell, Malcolm McLaren, Mary Quant.
  • Seven winners of the Turner Prize have been former Goldsmiths students.
  • Our graduates go on to work in a variety of roles – from editors to curators, and business analysts to neuropsychologists. They work in a range of organisations, including the BBC, British Library, Cancer Research UK, the National Theatre, and Tate Modern.

Further Details

Address Goldsmiths
University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW
UCAS Code G56