Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme importantly addresses black writing as a continuum. Its heritage in British culture is considered along a trajectory marked by historical presences as connecting with migratory, indigenous and global perspectives.

This MA is:

World first. Nowhere else in the world can you study this field in such a richly, referenced way ' in the actual country where the writing is produced.

Cross'disciplinary in teaching, studies, research. Writing as perceived in its broadest form on and off the page and screen.

Collaborative. It will be taught by Professor Joan Anim'Addo and Dr Deirdre Osborne, who share its vision and will co'teach the modules.

Inclusive. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people – those seeking academic careers, professionals who are returning to learning, artists who wish to develop their analytic and critical thinking skills.

Connected to local, national and international research streams. Both tutors have well'established research profiles with publications, and track records in convening public events in the field.

Course Modules

Full'time students study both compulsory modules and two options and write their dissertation across one year of study. Part'time students select one compulsory module and one option per year across two years and write their dissertation in their second year of study. Core modules include Historicising the Field, and Interculturality, Text, Poetics. Option modules are chosen from those available in the Department of Theatre and Performance and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

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
1 year
Full Time
MA £6,140 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £13,910 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students without BA-equivalent qualifications who have substantial work experience (eg. in literary journalism, creative writing, publishing, arts administration), which can be considered as equivalent to formal qualifications, may be admitted provided they demonstrate analytical and academic writing skills to the necessary level.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test) to study with us.