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.

**Why study BA English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths?**

- You’ll read a huge variety of literature, spanning national and linguistic boundaries. This includes English, European, American, Caribbean and other postcolonial literatures. You’ll be drawing comparisons between this literature and between different settings and time periods.

- We don’t just focus on texts – you’ll have the chance look at the relationship between literature and other disciplines including art, film and theatre.

- You'll develop a grounding in the methods and terms used in the analysis of text and have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with a variety of genres.

- You'll be able to choose from a wide range of specialised option modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests.

- You’ll be able to take an optional work experience module, which will benefit your studies, skillset and CV.

Course Modules

Year 1 (credit level 4)

You take four compulsory modules (120 credits) which will introduce you to the key areas, problems, and concepts of their respective disciplines.

Explorations in Literature

Approaches to Text

Literature of the Victorian Period

Introduction to Comparative Literature

Year 2 (credit level 5)

The modules in Year 2 offer a wide range of optional elements and they are designed to allow you to start to specialise in areas of your interest. At the same time, they are characterised by literary-historical and contextual range.

There is one compulsory module worth 30 credits, Studies in Comparative Literature which must be passed for the degree to be awarded. You are then able to choose modules worth a total of 90 credits from an approved list. At least one of these modules must be chosen from those designated by the Department as encompassing pre-1800 literature.

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You complete a compulsory dissertation (30 credits) of 6,000-8,000 words. You also take modules worth a total of 90 credits. The modules on offer may vary from year to year.

Start Date:


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