Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This ground-breaking course is timely and necessary, taking Black British writing seriously as a discipline. Black and minority ethinic people continue to be massively underrepresented in academia, and texts written by black authors are often missing from university course lists. A degree that takes black British writing seriously is a vital step in increasing intellectual awareness of, and amplifying, these black British voices. In studying this MA, you will become part of this process. You?ll be looking at an extremely diverse range of texts, analysing work from novelists, poets, short story writers, essayists, and playwrights. You?ll also locate these writers in their historical context, gaining an understanding of the history of black people in Britain and how they were represented and perceived. Besides developing your knowledge of best current research methods and of facts and concepts specific to the featured field of study, the proposed programme will offer training in: discerning vital literary and dramatic roots; recognising how the dynamics of creative and cultural movements interrelate; exchanging information effectively within a variety of intellectual, creative arts, and local communities. You will develop transferable writing and oral skills at a high academic level, demonstrating the ability to think and work in an interdisciplinary manner using a range of methodologies. Your ability to work collaboratively and to facilitate and participate in group discussions will be enhanced. You will also develop skills in identifying the socio-cultural, historical, political and literary issues that shape and impact upon contemporary literary and performance texts. The MA?s design allows for a diverse range of applications of its contents to careers including education, counselling, community arts, arts practice, social services, cultural organisations, or towards research degrees (MPhil; PhD).

Start Date:

2019-OCT-01. 2019-OCT-01.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,330 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,330 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £14,330 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,165 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,165 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,165 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5.
  • IELTS score: 7