Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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 high-quality 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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    59.8 / 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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    81.3 / 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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    80.1 / 100.0
  • Goldsmiths has heritage alongside innovation: it has been around for 125 years, and part of the University of London for over a century, but it also has a reputation for being inventive and forward thinking.
  • 9 out of 10 students go into work or further study when they graduate, and the top graduate employers include global names like the BBC, Tate Modern, Apple and Microsoft.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary from course to course.
  • A range of integrated degree programmes that include a foundation year are available for students unable to access courses via the normal entry requirements, allowing them to progress to a relevant degree on completion.
  • Please refer to the university website for further details, including the admissions policy.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips and talks, varying from degree to degree.
  • There are strong industry links with the creative and cultural sectors, and the Careers Service runs industry panels throughout the year with experts from sectors including marketing, public policy, and museums and galleries.
  • Students are assessed by a variety of methods appropriate to their chosen degree. Typically assessment consists of any combination of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Many degrees include the option of an integrated work placement: students have recently completed placements at organisations including Google, Barbican, Friends of the Earth, The Samaritans and The Wall Street Journal
  • Most undergraduate degree courses are 3 years full-time, however some departments offer an extra year in industry, and a range of degrees with Chinese give students the option of study in Beijing for a year.
  • It's also possible to study abroad for a term as part of the Erasmus+ programme: at undergraduate level, exchange agreements include institutions in cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Madrid, Vienna and Warsaw.
  • Goldsmiths also offers part-time study options on some undergraduate degrees.

Student Services and Facilities

  • A library open 24/7 during term time.
  • Specialist facilities include laboratories and workshops, a 160-seat theatre, radio and film/TV studios, and recording studios.
  • Support services include counselling, study skills sessions, a chaplaincy, and wellbeing services.
  • A Curzon cinema on campus offers discounted student prices.
  • Goldsmiths students can also use the facilities at the University of London Union (ULU) in central London.

Disability Services

  • Please refer to the university website for further information on disability services.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports students from Welcome Week to graduation, with volunteering opportunities, student-run media, clubs and societies, sports facilities and meeting spaces.
  • The Union holds a varied selection of events, including regular debates and discussions, club and pub nights, quizzes, film screenings and performances, and the fabulous weekly Club Sandwich night (a Goldsmiths institution!)
  • Goldsmiths Students' Union is also known for its political activism and campaigning.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students can access the JobsOnline database through the Careers Service, which 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 students can meet a variety of employers.
  • 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

  • The Careers Service helps students move on successfully to their next step after Goldsmiths – whether that's employment, further study, or starting a business or social enterprise.
  • Students are given opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, gain relevant work experience, and make the most of services such as 1-to-1 sessions with careers consultants, paid internships, and schemes like the Gold Award and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which records all academic and co-curricular achievements.
  • Students can use the Careers Service for free for three years after graduation.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 66%
  • Postgraduate 34%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 74%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 16%

Student gender

  • Male 33%
  • Female 67%


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

Notable Alumni

  • Steve McQueen – Oscar-winning filmmaker.
  • James Blake – Mercury Prize winning musician.
  • Alex James and Graham Coxon of Blur.
  • Antony Gormley – Scuptor best known for the Angel of the North.
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson – Turner-prize nominated video artist.
  • Lucian Freud – one of the foremost 20th-century portrait painters.
  • Damien Hirst – famously part of the group known as the Young British Artists.
  • Julian Clary – comedian.
  • Ian Rickson –  British theatre and film director.
  • Tessa Jowell – Labour party politician and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Further Details

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