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Q3K707 Studies in Poetry MA Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code Q3K707
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 2500

Course Content


Our taught MA pathway in Studies in Poetry offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise within this field. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study within the field. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from warrior poets in heroic societies to Romantic forms of grief, from the study of modern poetry to writing poetry of your own. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities.

Our programme offers up-to-date training in research methods and skills. You choose three modules, at least two of which are from within the pathway, and you will write a dissertation on a subject related to twentieth-century studies.

An MA in Studies in Poetry is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.

Course Structure

If you choose to take this named pathway, you will be expected to select at least two modules from those available within the pathway and to write your dissertation in an area related to it. Your third optional module may, if you wish, be chosen from the full list of modules on offer in the Department. Students may, with permission, take one module from other modules on offer in the Arts Faculty. All students must take the core Research Methods and Resources module and the dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Research Methods and Resources
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

Typical modules might include:

  • Warrior Poets in Heroic Societies
  • Elegy: from John Milton to Seamus Heaney
  • Romantic Forms of Grief
  • Second Generation Romantic Poetry
  • Women in Victorian Poetry and Painting
  • Modern Poetry
  • Writing Poetry.

Modules are subject to staff availability and may alter. Further information and a current module list are available on our website. Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to indicate your choice of modules.

Teaching and assessment details

Core modules  

Research Methods and Resources:

x1 research proposal exercise (due in December); x1 critical essay of 1,500 words in length (due in April).

Dissertation of 12,000 words in length.

Optional modules

Each optional module is normally assessed by 2 essays of 3,000 words. The first of these is due at the end of the Epiphany term; the second at the beginning of the Easter term. The format of assessment may differ for interdisciplinary modules or modules with a language or creative writing component.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

You will normally require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1) or equivalent from a recognised university.

In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 1,200 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently and may be emailed direct to the Department if you wish.

Should you also wish to be considered for the 'Writing Poetry' module, you will also need to send samples of your own poetic compositions.

We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office or visit our website.

English Language Requirements

We welcome applications from overseas students, who should be proficient in spoken and written English. Applicants need to achieve an overall band score of at least 7.0 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5) or at least 102 in the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) (with no element below 25).  In all cases the relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.Successful applicants may also wish to consider a Pre-Sessional English course at the Language Centre in

English Language requirements


Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


  • AHRC (one available)
  • Faculty MA Scholarships award scheme

The University also has a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students. To find out what support you could be eligible to receive see our online funding database.

Career Opportunities

English Studies

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details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.   

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Department Information

English Studies


The strength and breadth of the Department's research were recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise which judged it to be of international standing. 60% of our research was considered to be either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. TheDepartment's research environment was rated as 'world-leading', and we have also been rated 'excellent', for the quality of our teaching.

Students in English Studies can choose specialised topics across the whole range of the subject area from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. The Department provides an intimate, dynamic and  supportive environment in which to undertake a postgraduate degree and offers the most up-to-date training in methods and skills. It consists at present of 25 permanent members of academic staff, who produce research of the highest international calibre. We strive to connect with both the local community and a global network of students, scholars, artists and professionals.

The Department is consistently rated as one of the top UK English departments by The Times Good University Guide. The Department's work ethos is that teaching and research should complement one another at all levels of academic enquiry. A postgraduate degree in English Studies, therefore enables students to consolidate their existing skills and interests, whilst at the same time exploring the cutting edge of the discipline.


Teaching Staff

Dr David Ashurst, Lecturer
Dr Neil Cartlidge, Reader
Dr Robert Carver, Senior Lecturer
Professor Timothy Clark, Professor
Professor Pamela Clemit, Professor
Dr Julie Crane, Literature Instructor
Professor David Fuller, Professor (Emeritus)
Dr Mandy Green, Lecturer
Dr E Griffith, Research Associate
Dr Simon Grimble, Lecturer
Dr Jason Harding, Reader
Dr Simon James, Senior Lecturer
Dr Pamela Knights, Senior Lecturer
Dr Michael Mack, Reader
Professor John McKinnell, Emeritus Professor
Dr John Nash, Senior Lecturer
Dr Helen O'Connell, Lecturer
Professor Michael O'Neill, Professor
Dr Barbara Ravelhofer, Reader
Dr Gareth Reeves, Reader
Professor Stephen Regan, Professor
Dr Mark Sandy, Senior Lecturer
Professor Corinne Saunders, Head of Department
Dr Gillian Skinner, Lecturer
Dr Richard Sugg, Research Fellow in Literature and Medicine
Dr Jennifer Terry, Lecturer
Dr Samuel Thomas, Lecturer
Dr Paige Tovey, MHRA Research Associate
Professor Patricia Waugh, Professor
Dr Penny Wilson, Reader
Dr Sarah Wootton, Senior Lecturer.

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