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.
The pathways you can take are:
- Pathway in American Literature & Culture
- Pathway in Comparative Literature & Criticism
- Pathway in Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas
- Pathway in Critical Theory
- Pathway in Modern and Contemporary Literature
- Pathway in Romantic & Victorian Literature & Culture
These enable you to combine theoretical angles with the close reading of a wide range of texts, from different media (literary, filmic, visual), periods, and cultural, geographic and linguistic backgrounds – though all texts will be studied in English, in English translation, or with English subtitles.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of English.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
Each of the seven pathways centres around a compulsory module which will ground you in the specific features of the period/region/theoretical discipline covered.
|Pathway in Comparative Literature & Criticism||Studies in Comparative Literature & Criticism|
|Pathway in Modern Literary Theory||Theories of Literature & Culture|
|Pathway in Modern Literature||Modern Literary Movements|
|Pathway in Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas||Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas|
|Pathway in American Literature & Culture||American Literature & Culture: Critical & Theoretical Concepts|
|Pathway in Romantic and Victorian Literature & Culture||Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romanticisms|
|Pathway in Shakespeare: Early & Modern||Shakespeare and the Early Modern|
A Study Support Workshop will run a number of sessions throughout the year, including sessions on, for example, resources, essay-writing at Master's level, planning and developing dissertation projects.
You will also be able to take part in GLITS, the department's weekly research seminar; in LINKS, the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies; and in the many activities organised by the Graduate School and other Goldsmiths departments.
You will also choose three option modules from the wide range of options taught in the Department to reflect your own particular interests. You may also take the compulsory module of another pathway as one of your options.
In addition, you also undertake a dissertation.
For compulsory and option module details, see the pathway pages.
Extended course essays; dissertation of 15,000 words.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £8370
- Home - part-time: £4185
- International - full-time: £16120
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature sometimes offers fees waivers for this programme.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
- An essay (written in English), as an example of your academic writing
When applying, please indicate your preferred pathway.
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.
Please submit an essay (written in English) together with your application, as an example of your academic writing.
Find out more about applying.
You'll develop transferable skills, including:
- enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts
- the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials
- the ability to organise information; the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments
Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:
- public relations
- the civil service
- the media
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.