Postgraduate students contribute vitally to the research culture of the Department, invigorating and refreshing thinking about several literatures in English and in other European languages.
In addition, a significant number of postgraduate students contribute directly to some of those literatures, as creative writers. More than 40 members of staff offer supervision in a broad array of research and writing specialties, from Old English literature to twenty-first century literatures in English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic, to linguistics, translation and creative writing.
Postgraduate students are engaged in specific MA programmes or on their own topics of research in the MRes or MPhil/PhD programmes, but they also constitute an intellectual community within the Department. This community is constellated around the Department’s Research Seminar, GLITS, which meets weekly during term time and is also a social occasion for students and staff.
There are more than 70 postgraduate research students currently pursuing MPhil/PhD programmes in the domains of literary or linguistic studies or in creative writing. The range of their topics and methodologies is very broad, as the titles of recent, successful PhD theses together indicate. Around 100 students are studying on the MA and MRes programmes. Some students are engaged in their studies on a part-time basis, and some are full-time.
Postgraduate students in Goldsmiths’ Department of English & Comparative Literature benefit from numerous facilities. As well as the opportunity to work with leading scholars and creative writers, whose published work is recognised and cited internationally, these facilities include:
- research training in the Department, College, University of London and the CHASE partnership
- research libraries across the University of London and at the British Library
- bursaries and scholarships available on a competitive basis
- financial support to help you present your work at conferences, and for training and development
- internationally acclaimed scholars and theorists at The Richard Hoggart Lectures in Literature
- world-renowned writers at events organsied by the Writers' Centre, including the shortlist and winner of the Goldsmiths Prize for 'fiction at its most novel'
- GLITS Research Seminar and the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Seminar
- LINKS Research Seminars and conferences
- workshops and seminars at the School of Advanced Study, including the Institute of English Studies and the Institute of Modern Languages Research
- opportunities to publish your work in the GLITS-e or Goldfish online journals
- the Graduate School’s academic and social resources
- a range of conferences organised within the Department, the College and the University
- career development advice and opportunities
- computing facilities and advice at the Rutherford Information Services Building
- an informal culture of intellectual experimentation and rigorous critical debate.