Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree promotes your intellectual curiosity and creativity by combining the study of English literature with the practice of creative writing. It will develop your analytical and critical abilities as well as your imaginative skills. Each level of the degree includes a year'long creative writing module that's taught by creative writing practitioners and active researchers, so you'll have access to excellent expertise. These creative writing modules take the form of workshops that will develop your knowledge, lay the foundations of your creative writing practice, and specialise in prose fiction or poetry. You'll be encouraged to interact within a community of writers supportive of the development of your work, and will prepare a portfolio of work in your final year. You'll also study compulsory and option modules from the wide range offered by the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of modules, 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

Year 1: 5 compulsory courses including explorations in literature; approaches to text; students also take 1 1/2'courses: an introduction to poetry, and an introduction to the short story; the foundation workshop forms the creative writing component. Year 2: compulsory: creative writing workshop3 courses from a range characterised by wide literary, historical and contextual scope (including, for instance, Moderns, and The Victorians); within the 3, students must choose at least 1 of the following: 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. Year 3: compulsory: project development; 3 courses from the full range of level 3 courses offered by the department.

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

Qualifications required:

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

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88% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 85%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 77%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

79% Go on to work and/or study

In work 62
Studying 14
Studying and working 3
Unemployed 18
Unknown 2

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 26%

Total Coursework: 74%

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

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