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Department of English Studies

 Department of English Studies


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

Thursday 24 April 2014

Saturday 3 May 2014

Wednesday 7 May 2014

News Feed: Research in English At Durham Blog

Programme for Cognitive Futures in the Humanities (24th to 26th April)

The programme is now available for the international conference Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, running from 24th to 26th April. The conference will explore new ways of working in the […]

(21 Apr 2014) » Programme for Cognitive Futures in the Humanities (24th to 26th April)

Morality Plays, Mummings, and More: Tracing the Roots of Early English Drama

Devils chasing spectators with firecrackers; shipwrights presenting a pageant about Noah’s Ark. Early English drama could be spectacular and entertaining, as it presented biblical and other themes for a local audience. […]

(18 Apr 2014) » Morality Plays, Mummings, and More: Tracing the Roots of Early English Drama

Vampires: A Horrid History

In British culture, vampires were popularised by Bram Stoker’s nineteenth-century novel, Dracula (1897), and by subsequent Hollywood horror films. However, myths about vampires have been around for centuries, as Dr Richard Sugg describes in […]

(11 Apr 2014) » Vampires: A Horrid History

Contact Details

Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street

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

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics

Durham's Centre for Poetry and Poetics is based in the Department of English Studies
Find out more here...

AHRC Funding

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.

Click here... for other Faculty research funding opportunities for Masters and Doctoral study

Download the 2014Northern Bridge Application/Nomination form here...