Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Our English degree gives you the opportunity to develop the critical and verbal skills needed for a confident, effective reading of literary and non'literary texts. It develops your core skills in analytical and imaginative reading and writing. The degree is structured to give you a broad foundation in literary and cultural studies, as well as the opportunity to study the topics that really interest you. Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialities, they'll be able to help you develop your own interests, whether they lie in thematic or genre'based approaches to literature, or in American, British, European, Irish, Caribbean or other literatures in English. The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of courses, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff. We host a programme of guest lectures that has included major names in literature, including Alan Bennett, Germaine Greer, and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Derek Walcott Our graduates have a good employment record, and have gone on to work in publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, and the media.

Course Modules

Level 1: Explorations in literature; approaches to text; the short story; engaging poetry. Level 2: Optional modules include: studies in word and image; moderns; inventing the nation; American literature in the mid'19th century; the Victorians; sensibility and romanticism; studies in literature and politics; restoration and 18th century literature; Shakespeare; literature of the English Renaissance; literature of the later Middle Ages; old English. Level 3: Optional modules include: postcolonial literature in English; modern American fiction; modern poetry; creating the text (a creative writing course); Shakespeare's theatre; Caribbean women writers; studies in literature and film; literature in question: writing since World War II; Oedipus (myths, tragedies and theories); modernism and drama (1880'1930); dissertation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD

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12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 38%

Total Coursework: 62%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation