Postgraduate programmes


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.

Departmental facilities

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.

MA students: see Goldsmiths' Excellence Fee Waiver and Alumni Fee Waivers

MA and MPhil/PhD students, see the Department's funding opportunities


Our postgraduate programmes

Degree listing

MA Black British Writing

This ground-breaking course is timely and necessary, taking black British writing seriously as a discipline.

MA Children's Literature

The academic study of children’s literature has developed over the past 30 years, and is now a recognised multidisciplinary field of enquiry. This programme will enable you to explore the relationship between reader, writer, text and context, and consider the critical perspectives that underpin those interactions.

MA Creative & Life Writing

Have you got a story to tell? Or poems that you want to shape into a collection? This degree will help you develop your creative writing practice. You’ll experiment with a wide variety of forms to help you discover your preferred mode of writing.

MA Creative Writing & Education

You might be a teacher who writes; a writer who works in education; a poet, a novelist or a short story writer. Whatever your background, this course will teach you more about the connections between creative writing and education.

MA Literary Studies

This exciting, intellectually rigorous programme gives you the opportunity to develop the study of literature from a variety of perspectives through a number of flexible pathways.

MA Multilingualism, Linguistics & Education

The MA Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on both linguistic and cultural diversity, which provides a solid understanding of key theoretical and practical issues in multilingual and intercultural educational settings.

MA Sociocultural Linguistics

This programme looks at language from a sociocultural perspective. It's designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language, culture and society but also provides a solid understanding of English language and linguistics.

MA Translation

This programme responds to the increasing need in a globalised, interconnected world, for highly-qualified translators who can navigate different genres of text and negotiate the language needs of diverse audiences and industries.

MPhil/PhD Creative Writing

The inter-relationship between theory, scholarship and the creative process is key to the Goldsmiths MPhil/PhD Creative Writing.

MPhil/PhD Translation

We offer MPhil and PhD research programmes in English (including American Literature and literary theory), World Literature, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Translation, and Creative Writing, for full or part-time study.

MPhil/PhD Translation (by Practice)

The MPhil/PhD Translation by Practice offers a new approach to studying Translation, incorporating a creative practical project. This can include translating a book or play, subtitling a film, or translating song lyrics or poetry.

MRes English

This MRes prepares you for more advanced research projects at MPhil/PhD level, but is also a degree in its own right. It's ideal if you're considering a 'taster' year of research, or if you're keen to complete shorter term research at graduate level. 

MA Literary Studies: Pathway in Shakespeare: Early & Modern

This pathway of the MA Literary Studies is ideal if you’re keen to study Shakespeare at an advanced level. Centred on Shakespeare and early modern literature and culture, you’ll also explore the reception and performance of Shakespeare in later times.