Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers you the opportunity to combine the study of literature with the study of language from a linguistic perspective. You'll engage with theory and practice in literature and linguistics, and benefit from mutually illuminating critical debates in both disciplines. The programme will give you an in'depth understanding of the English language based on critical study and analysis of a wide range of literary and non'literary genres, including print and digital media. It will also encourage you to collect and examine everyday and institutional spoken language, ranging from gossip and friendship talk to political speeches, news and job interviews. You will become familiar with historical, geographical, socio'cultural and situational language variation, and develop a critical understanding of how language can be used as a resource to project identities and to shape representations of reality. At the same time, the programme offers a broad foundation in literary studies, including thematic and genre'based approaches to literature, comparative analysis, and literary theory.

Course Modules

Modules include: Explorations in literature; approaches to text; the Victorians; introduction to English language and linguistics; 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; Caribbean women writers; creating the text; decadence; the emergence of modern America: American literature 1890'1940; language and the media; literature in question: writing since World War II; modern American fiction; modern poetry; modernism and drama (1880'1930);the art of the novel; Oedipus: myths, tragedies and theories;postcolonial literatures in English.

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:

  • SQA Higher ABBBC-ABBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • GCE A-level ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB-ABC
  • 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

12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 34%

Total Coursework: 66%

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

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