Goldsmiths, University of London

English and American Literature Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Examine the formation of the American literary aesthetic, and the critical concepts and ideologies that shape the American nation, through the study of a varied range of literary and critical works from both sides of the Atlantic.

Why study BA English & American Literature at Goldsmiths?

  • Gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between English and American literature by immersing yourself in the history and culture of the two countries.

  • You won’t just look at the classics. Although you’ll be reading texts by American heavyweights from the established literary canon, you’ll also be looking at literature that showcases a different experience of America. This includes Native American and African American fiction, and the beat poets.

  • You'll have access to probably the best collection of American materials in the country, at Senate House Library.

  • London is full of literary inspiration, from theatres and libraries to coffee shops where you can curl up with a book. Read our guide to literary London.

Course details


Over the course of the degree you'll:
cultivate an understanding of the main cultural, historical and political concepts underpinning America and its literatures
be introduced to selected works spanning literary history from Homer to the present day
be given a grounding in the methods and terms used in the analysis of literary and non-literary texts
have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with either the short story genre, or with the genre of poetry, sharpening your interpretative skills through close reading and teaching contributions from practising poets
examine a selection of major American writers from the 1830s to the 1880s, and how they were active in describing, shaping, criticising and contesting the emerging American nation
trace the emergence of modern America, encompassing the years which saw both mass immigration and the growth of urban centres, the wealth of the twenties and the poverty of the thirties, the entrenchment of racial prejudice in the South, and the cultural flowering of the Harlem Renaissance
complete a dissertation

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework portfolios, long essays, examinations (various timescales and formats) and dissertation. The dissertation must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.
Scottish Higher BBBBC Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655 including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2 Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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