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Department of English Studies

 Department of English Studies


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

Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels spans the whole of the discipline of English Studies, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Students gain a solid base for the study of English Literature, while having the opportunity to specialise. We draw on a variety of different methodological perspectives, encouraging students to discover new approaches and to develop their own responses. This equips our graduates with the key skills and independent thinking that makes them highly sought by employers.

Students are taught in lectures and seminars, as well as small tutorial groups and one-to-one supervisions. Our formal teaching is complemented by exciting programmes of public lectures, research seminars, and readings by renowned writers.

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.

Our research has regional, national and international impacts. We work with partner institutions such as the Durham Book Festival, with medical practitioners through the Centre for Medical Humanities, and with many other public and private organisations. The department is committed to engaging public audiences through its programme of events.

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Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 – Present (Conference, 5th-7th July)

Is there a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’? Through looking at writers such as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Seamus Heaney, this is just one of the many questions that […]

(28 Apr 2017) » Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 – Present (Conference, 5th-7th July)

Towards a Literary Prehistory of the Welfare State, 1880-1920 (Public lecture, 4th May)

The British welfare state is under pressure like never before. At a time like this, it’s important to remember how and why it came about in the first place. Join Benjamin Kohlmann […]

(27 Apr 2017) » Towards a Literary Prehistory of the Welfare State, 1880-1920 (Public lecture, 4th May)

Not Your Average Yorkshire Wedding

These days weddings are often expensive affairs – but even the most lavish modern celebration may not match the festivities hosted by the nobility of medieval England. In this latest finding from Records of […]

(25 Apr 2017) » Not Your Average Yorkshire Wedding

Contact Details

Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street

Tel: 0191 334 2500/2571
Fax: 0191 334 2501

Complete University Guide 2018

The English Studies department is ranked 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide for the 5th year in a row.

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50

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