This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) English degree.
Why study the Integrated Degree in English at Goldsmiths?
- There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject
- You'll attend a study skills module as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
- You'll develop an undestanding of literary history and criticism, and the confidence and skills necessary to progress to the degree
- You'll have the opportunity to progress to our BA English degree
- Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialities, they’ll be able to help you develop your own interests
- The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of modules, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Phyllis Richardson
Modules & structure
The foundation year takes an overview approach to literary history, and includes components in:
- Renaissance studies
- 18th-century literature
- Victorian literature
Novels, plays and poetry will be studied, and a variety of approaches to literary criticism are discussed and critically assessed.
You also learn study skills, and critically evaluate your own work in individual tutorials.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate a passion for the subject, and the ability to write about it in fluent prose.
Admission is by interview and a short piece of written work.
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.
If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
English at Goldsmiths is ranked:
2nd in London for creative writing*
18th in the UK for the quality of our research**
In the world’s top 100 universities for English language and literature***
English and Comparative Literature
Cervantes. Bukowski. Dostoevsky. Self. From classical literature and linguistics, to creative writing and contemporary fiction, we take a critical and creative approach to the discipline.
As a department we’re interested in a field of enquiry that extends from Old English to 21st-century literatures in English, French, Spanish and Italian. So you can study texts and films across a variety of periods and genres.
We have a dedicated Writers’ Centre that encourages new writing and stimulates debate about all forms of literature. And we award the annual Goldsmiths Prize (for “fiction at its most novel”), which brings critically acclaimed writers like Ali Smith and Eimear McBride to campus.
We may be one of the largest departments at Goldsmiths but that doesn’t mean you won’t get personal support. Learn from our approachable team of academic staff and become part of the student-run English Society.
As one of the first departments in the UK to offer creative writing, you’ll be part of a hub of literary excellence – our graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards from the Orange Prize for Fiction to the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
Find out more about the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
*The Complete University Guide Subject Rankings 2018
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Learning & teaching
On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.
But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.
This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of that are highly sought after by employers.
Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:
- Independent learning
Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.
Skills & careers
If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year , which will enable you to develop the following skills:
- critical and analytical skills
- proficiency in assessing evidence
- the clear expression of ideas
- the ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects
- problem-solving skills
- the ability to think critically and creatively
- communication skills
Our graduates have a good employment record: professions include publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, civil service, business and industry, European Union private sector management and personnel work, and the media. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our English and Comparative Literature careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.