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

At Level 4 you take four compulsory modules: Explorations in Literature, Approaches to Text, Introduction to the Study of Language, Engaging Poetry or Literature of the Victorian Period.

At Level 5 you take one compulsory module in linguistics: Varieties of English. You also take three literature modules from the range of options available within the Department. At least 30 credits must be from modules encompassing pre'1800 literature.

At Level 6 you take between 60 and 90 credits in linguistics, choosing overall from a range of options in literary studies and linguistics taught in the department. The core dissertation may focus on either discipline. A rotation of single'term 15'credit modules is also available at Level 6.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,910 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)