Postgraduate English & Comparative Literature degrees

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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 processes 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.

English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths

Why study English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths?

  • From classical literature and linguistics, to creative writing and contemporary fiction, our thriving research environment unites traditional strengths with innovation. 
  • Our programmes cover a wide range of interests in language and literature from the 1300s to the present day, spanning literatures in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
  • You'll be able to stay in touch with current debates in literature through our dedicated Goldsmiths Writers' Centre, which has been established to encourage new writing, hosts literary readings and discussions, and has launched a Goldsmiths Prize of £10,000 to reward innovative fiction.
  • English at Goldsmiths has been ranked 18th in the UK for the quality of our research in the Research Excellence Framework.

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