Course information

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

This pathway will introduce you introduced to a wide range of Caribbean texts, and gain an understanding of the social, political, and historical contexts that impact these literatures. This includes history, memory, the impacts of Colonialism, post-Colonialism, and Globalisation. You will study texts either in English or in English translation.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas pathway?

  • On this Masters you'll be introduced to a wide range of Caribbean texts, and gain an understanding of the social, political and historical contexts that impact these literatures. This includes history, memory, the impacts of Colonialism, post-Colonialism, and Globalisation. We'll be studying texts either in English or in English translation.

  • You will be able to further develop your interest in the literature of the Caribbean and its diasporas through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.

  • You'll have the opportunity to pursue your wider interests by studying three options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least one of these in an area that is relevant to Caribbean, diasporic, or post-colonial literature.
  • The tutor for the compulsory module ‘Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas’ is Dr Marl’Ene Edwin, Churchill Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies at Goldsmiths. The convenor for this pathway is Dr Deirdre Osborne co-founder (with Professor Emerita Joan-Anim Addo of the MA Black British Literature).
  • In studying for this pathway, you will be able to rely on the expertise and materials available at Goldsmiths’ Caribbean Centre.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Deirdre Osborne.

What you'll study

Module title Credits
Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas 30 credits

In addition to the compulsory module and dissertation, you also choose three option modules from the list below.

Module title Credits
Studies in Comparative Literature & Criticism 30 credits
Theories of Literature & Culture 30 credits
Modern and Contemporary Literary Movements 30 credits
Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romanticisms 30 credits
Shakespeare and the Early Modern 30 credits
Postmodernist Fiction 30 credits
Modern and Contemporary Women's Writing: 1920s To Present
Literature and Philosophy 30 credits
Contemporary Indigenous Literatures: Place, Politics and Identity 30 credits
Documenting America: The Photo Text 1910 to 1960 30 credits
Contemporary African American Literature 30 credits
Twenty-First-Century American Fiction 30 credits
Historicising the Field of Black British Writing: From the Romans to the Present 30 credits
European Decadence and the Visual Arts 30 credits
Postcolonial Fiction: Theory and Practice 30 credits
Romantic Shakespeare 30 credits
The Contemporary American Novel in the Era of Climate Change 30 credits
Interculturality, Text, Poetics 30 credits
Elizabethan Style: Visual and Verbal 30 credits
The Genres and Aesthetics of Contemporary Black British Writing 30 credits
Between Languages: Multilingualism and Translation in Contemporary Literature 30 credits
Text in Performance: Shakespeare 30 credits
The Genres and Aesthetics of Contemporary Black British Writing 30 credits

You can also choose linguistics modules as option modules.

Module title Credits
English in a Multilingual World 30 credits
Intercultural Discourse & Communication 30 credits
Language & Ideology in Written Discourse 30 credits
English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching 30 credits

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 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.

Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications

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 2022/2023 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £8620
  • Home - part-time: £4310
  • International - full-time: £16600

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a 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.

Additional costs

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.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

This programme is eligible for one of the department's fee waivers. Find out more about how to apply.

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

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • 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.

Selection process

Please submit an essay (written in English) together with your application, as an example of your academic writing.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

Skills

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

Careers

Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • the civil service
  • business
  • industry
  • the media

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

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