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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Department of English Studies


World Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


Wednesday 25 September 2019

Listening to Survive: Classical Music, Conflict, and Identity in the Contemporary Novel

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Katie Harling-Lee

Since novels are written for the eye not the ear, how can fiction be written about music? Katie Harling-Lee will think about the meaning of music in several recent novels, in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.



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Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities

Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.

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Creative Writing

Running alongside our literary research, the Department supports and develops work in creative writing, including an MA in Creative Writing and a Creative Writing PhD/MLitt.

Our Staff

We are a leading centre for undergraduate teaching, and host a thriving community of postgraduate scholars, literary critics, and interdisciplinary researchers.

Complete University Guide 2019

The English Studies department is ranked 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide for the 6th year in a row.