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
Wednesday 12 March 2014
- On Jennifer Egan (Pre-Circulated Paper) 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Adam Kelly (York University)
Friday 14 March 2014
- 'Literary Criticism and the Fantastic 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library
Wednesday 19 March 2014
- Alexander Waugh on Evelyn Waugh 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Elvet Riverside 201, Alexander Waugh
News Feed: Research in English At Durham Blog
Literary Criticism and the Fantastic
All are welcome to a series of short lectures on 14th March which will explore how literature depicts the fantastic. This workshop at Palace Green Library ties in with the exhibition Robot, which runs until 27th April. The papers, delivered by … Continue reading →
(9 Mar 2014) » Literary Criticism and the Fantastic
Modern Literature, Culture, and the Archives of the Secret State
A symposium on 28th and 29th March will showcase current research into how secret state agencies affected twentieth-century literary culture across the world. The conference takes place at St. Aidan’s College. The twentieth century saw, across the globe, an unprecedented … Continue reading →
An Introduction to Durham in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
A five week community course will introduce participants to 500 years of Durham history. The course, led by Durham University postgraduate and early career researchers, examines aspects of Durham in medieval and early modern society, ranging from literature and warfare … Continue reading →
(4 Mar 2014) » An Introduction to Durham in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
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The Centre for Poetry and Poetics
Durham's Centre for Poetry and Poetics is based in the Department of English Studies
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AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP) for PhD and Masters funding. Up to 50 fully-supported studentships with integrated specialised training opportunities. These can include the possibility of working with strategic partners outside the university sector.