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Durham University

Centre for Poetry and Poetics

Postgraduate Study

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics supports research at all levels, including through MA and PhD student studies. In addition to studies in poetry generally, we welcome applications from those interested in the work of Basil Bunting, and in the history and significance of poetry magazines such as Poetry Durham.

MA Studies in Poetry

The Department of English Studies taught MA offers a group of modules (a pathway) that allow students to focus on a specific area, such as poetry studies. There is also a Creative Writing MA, that can include a substantial poetry component. For more information about studying English generally, visit the Department's webpages on postgraduate study.

Creative Writing PhD and MLitt

The Department of English Studies supports Creative Writing at PhD and MLitt level. You will produce a complete and coherent creative writing project in your chosen form, which could include poetry, plus a literary-critical dissertation of a high academic standard. Further details are available from the Department of English Studies.

Studying Basil Bunting

The Basil Bunting Poetry Archive was established in 1988 and is held in Durham University Library's Archives and Special Collections at Palace Green. The CPP especially welcomes enquiries from researchers at MA, PhD level, and beyond who are interested in studying Bunting's work.

Studying Poetry Durham

Poetry Durham was a magazine launched in 1982, under the editorship of Michael O’Neill and Gareth Reeves. The first issue included poems by established poets such as Fleur Adcock, Douglas Dunn, Roy Fisher, the American writer Reginald Gibbons, Grevel Lindop, and C.H. Sisson, as well as by younger writers who would go on to make a name for themselves: Romesh Gunesekera (most famous now as a novelist and writer of short stories), Jamie McKendrick (poet and translator) and D. W. (David) Hartnett (poet and novelist). Applicants interested in the history and significance of poetry magazines are invited to apply to Durham's Department of English Studies to pursue research in this area and to explore the significance of Poetry Durham regionally, nationally and internationally.

PhD Funding Now Available

Durham University has just committed £10 million of additional funding for new PhD studentships over the next four years. As part of a major investment in postgraduate education and internationalization, Durham University has expanded the funding for its flagship Durham Doctoral Scholarships programme, which is open to applicants from anywhere in the world. We particularly welcome applications from students who wish to work in interdisciplinary fields of strategic importance to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, including The Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

Applicants resident in the UK and EU should apply via the Northern Bridge AHRC consortium; all Durham applicants to Northern Bridge will automatically be entered into the DDS competition as well. For further information, see

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.