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Goldsmiths University of London English

Our English degree gives you the opportunity to develop the critical and verbal skills needed for a confident, effective reading of literary and non-literary texts. It develops your core skills in analytical and imaginative reading and writing.

Module options on this degree offer an historical view of writing in English, and also let you specialise in areas of interest, including thematic and genre-based approaches to literature, comparative analysis, and literary theory.

Our staff have diverse cultural backgrounds and research areas, so are ideally placed to offer you insights as you develop your own interests in American, British, European, Irish, Caribbean or other literatures in English.

Why study BA English at Goldsmiths?

  • The degree is structured to give you a broad foundation in literary and cultural studies, as well as the opportunity to study the topics that really interest you
  • The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of courses, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff
  • We host a programme of guest lectures that has included major names in literature, including Alan Bennett, Germaine Greer, and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Derek Walcott
  • Our graduates have a good employment record, and have gone on to work in publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, and the media

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Padraig Kirwan


BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) English & American Literature
BA (Hons) English & Comparative Literature
BA (Hons) English & Drama/Drama & English
BA (Hons) English & History
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing
BA (Hons) Media & English
Integrated Degree in English (including Foundation Year)
MA in Black British Writing
MA in Children’s Literature
MA in Creative & Life Writing
MA in Creative Writing and Education
MA in Literary Studies
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in American Literature & Culture
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in Comparative Literature & Criticism
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in Modern Literary Theory
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in Modern Literature
MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics & Education
MA in Sociocultural Linguistics
MA in Translation
MPhil & PhD in Creative Writing
MPhil & PhD in English, Comparative Literature or Linguistics
MRes in English
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in Romantic & Victorian Literature & Culture
MA in Literary Studies: Pathway in Shakespeare: Early & Modern