Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Enabling you to study literature and culture across linguistic and national boundaries, this degree offers you the opportunity to read a generous range of works within a comparative context. You'll develop an understanding of the depth and breadth of literature, and will be able to practise the skills needed for a confident and effective reading of literary and non'literary texts. The degree is flexible, allowing you to specialise in the areas that interest you, whether they lie in American, British, European, Caribbean or other postcolonial literatures, historical periods, or literary themes and genres. Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, so they're ideally placed to offer their insights as you develop these interests. 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

Modules include: Explorations in literature;approaches to text; the short story; engaging poetry; drama and transgression: from Prometheus to Faust; inventing the nation: American literature in the mid'19th Century;literature of the English renaissance; literature of the later middle'ages: society and the individual; moderns;old English;post'Victorian English literature;restoration and 18th'century literature;sensibility and romanticism: revolutions in writing and society;Shakespeare;varieties of English;the Victorians.

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 AABB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB-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: 26%

Total Coursework: 74%

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

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