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 develop an understanding of the depth and breadth of literature, and will be able to practise the skills needed for a confident and effective reading of literary and non-literary texts.

- The degree is flexible, allowing you to specialise in the areas that interest you, whether they lie in American, British, European, Caribbean or other postcolonial literatures, historical periods, or literary themes and genres.

- Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, so they're ideally placed to offer their insights as you develop these interests. The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of modules, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff.

- We host a programme of guest lectures that has included major names in literature, including Alan Bennett, Germaine Greer, and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Derek Walcott.

- Our graduates have a good employment record, and have gone on to work in publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, and the media.

Course Modules

Over the course of the degree you'll: read, discuss, and attend lectures on selected works spanning literary culture from Homer to the present day. Be introduced to the study of themes, genres and movements across national literatures, and the relationship between literature and other disciplines. Develop a grounding in the methods and terms used in the analysis of texts. Have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the short story genre. Look at comparative literature and the arts during three major periods, and examine cross-national influences and affinities in a variety of genres and media. Complete a dissertation on an approved topic. You'll also be able to choose specialised option modules from the wide range available within the Department.

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) £9,250 European Fees