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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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Announcing the UK launch of ‘In the Real’ (14 July, 5-8pm,Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne)

The UK launch of a new film by Conor McCormack, In the Real, will take place at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 14th July 2015.  The film is like a jewel […]

(3 Jul 2015) » Announcing the UK launch of ‘In the Real’ (14 July, 5-8pm,Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne)

Animal and Natural Worlds, c.500 to 1750 (Conference, 3rd July)

Last-minute places are still available for this free symposium on medieval and early modern ecologies, which takes place tomorrow, 3rd July, at Palace Green Library.  Building on the work of Durham’s Ecologies […]

(2 Jul 2015) » Animal and Natural Worlds, c.500 to 1750 (Conference, 3rd July)

Jordskott: Nordic Noir Returns to its Roots

With series such as The Killing and The Bridge, Nordic noir has become a popular genre in our TV schedules. Speaking on BBC Front Row,  Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough reviews Jordskott, a new […]

(2 Jul 2015) » Jordskott: Nordic Noir Returns to its Roots

Contact Details

Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street

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

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