Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Our English degree gives you the opportunity to develop the critical and verbal skills needed for a confident, effective reading of literary and non-literary texts. It develops your core skills in analytical and imaginative reading and writing.

**Why study BA English at Goldsmiths?**

- We’re not just focused on the classics. You’ll leave us with a solid understanding of key literary texts, but you’ll also have the chance to look at less traditional subjects including surrealism, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and writing by migrants and refugees.

- We’re inclusive. We embrace literature from a variety of cultures, giving you the chance to study writing from America, Europe and the Caribbean.

- Our option modules offer a historical view of writing, and also let you specialise in areas of interest, including thematic and genre-based approaches to literature, comparative analysis, and literary theory.

- From historic theatres to obscure bookshops, London is a constant source of literary inspiration – and it’s right on your doorstep. Take a look at English student Samantha’s favourite places to write.

- There are countless ways to get involved in English outside of your studies, whether you want to join the English and Creative Writing societies or hone your writing skills on [smiths] magazine and The Leopard newspaper.

Course Modules

Year 1 (credit level 4)

Explorations in Literature

Approaches to Text

Literature of the Victorian Period

Engaging Poetry

Year 2 (credit level 5)

You choose four modules (120 credits) from a range characterised by wide literary, historical and contextual scope, of which at least 60 credits must encompass pre-1800 literature.

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You choose modules to the value of 90 credits. You also complete a 6,000-8,000-word Dissertation (30 credits) on a topic of your choice. A pass in this module is compulsory for the award of the degree.

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) Other Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.5With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0