English Studies at Durham University is one of the top English Departments in the country. 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%.
English is one of the Departments that make up the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. They 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. Their teaching draws on a variety of different theoretical and methodological perspectives: they 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 first year of the English Literature course includes three compulsory modules: Introduction to Drama (using mainly twentieth-century texts), Introduction to Poetry (using seventeenth-century poems) and Introduction to the Novel (using selected texts from the eighteenth to the twentieth century). Other modules include: an introductory course on selected themes, genres and texts from the Classical and Biblical background to English literature; the English Language and its History which covers both historical aspects of English and modern critical approaches such as those of structuralism; the Age of Chivalry, which will introduce you to a selection of Medieval texts, and the Heroic Age which will allow you to gain an understanding of a range of early heroic literature.
A-level subject requirements:
- We will typically need an A in A-level English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language
Typical offer if you are successful on Supported Progression:
|Degree Programme||A-Levels||Other qualifications|
English Literature & History
English Literature & Philosophy
||see here for an equivalency|
|plus successful completion of the Supported Progression qualification for English|