English Studies at Durham University is one of the top English Departments in the country, offering teaching and research of the highest quality in beautiful surroundings. The Department is consistently rated as a top-five or higher English Department by the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide; the National Student Survey ranked Durham third for English Studies, with a satisfaction level of 97%. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 90% of the research activity in the Department was judged to be of international standing.
English is one of the Departments that make up the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We offer a range of teaching across the whole of the discipline of English Studies, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, offering both a solid base for the study of English Literature and the opportunity to specialise. Our teaching draws on a variety of different theoretical and methodological perspectives: we encourage students to discover new approaches and to develop their own responses. Students are taught in lectures, seminars, tutorial groups and also one-to-one supervisions, by some of the world's leading literary critics.
The Department's ethos is that teaching and research should complement one another at all levels of academic enquiry, from first-year tutorials to the specialised supervision available to MA and doctoral postgraduates. Our work combines a strong sense of tradition with a commitment to innovation and new approaches, and we have a particular strength in interdisciplinary research.
Events & Conferences
Thursday 4 July 2013
- Modernism and Non-Translation 9:00am onwards, Durham University
Friday 5 July 2013
- “We Speak a Different Tongue”: Maverick Voices and Modernity, 1890–1939 St John's College
Thursday 18 July 2013
- Romantic Victorians 9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham University, Mark Sandy, Anna Barton
News Feed: Research in English At Durham Blog
Late Summer Lecture Series Returns to Durham and Newcastle
The Late Summer Lecture Series returns to Durham and Newcastle in 2013. Postgraduate research or postdoctoral students in the Departments of English at Durham and Newcastle Universities are invited to submit proposals in response to the call for papers below. … Continue reading →
(19 Jun 2013) » Late Summer Lecture Series Returns to Durham and Newcastle
John Clegg Wins the Eric Gregory Award
PhD research student John Clegg has won the Society of Authors 2013 Eric Gregory Award for his first book of poetry, Antler. The award, which this year was shared between four winners, is given for a collection by poets under the age … Continue reading →
(17 Jun 2013) » John Clegg Wins the Eric Gregory Award
Join the Editorial Board of the Postgraduate English Journal
The Postgraduate English journal is seeking new members to join its prestigious editorial board. Postgraduate English is a professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate students of English. In addition to scholarly articles, the journal also invites book reviews, reflections on postgraduate teaching, … Continue reading →
(14 Jun 2013) » Join the Editorial Board of the Postgraduate English Journal