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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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Friday 12 February 2016

Tuesday 16 February 2016

News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog


Human and animal, man and machine, the arts and the sciences. On the surface we may appear to live in a world that is structured around opposites. However, Michael Mack […]

(10 Feb 2016) » Contaminations

Wicked and Surreal: Matthew Caley and W.N. Herbert (12th February)

From madcap surrealism to Metropolitan wit, the next Colpitts Poetry reading promises to be a lively affair. Doors open at 20.00 on 12th February, in Alington House, Durham. Everyone welcome. Matthew […]

(9 Feb 2016) » Wicked and Surreal: Matthew Caley and W.N. Herbert (12th February)

The Afterlives of Eve (Conference 9th-11th September, CFP deadline 12th March)

A three day conference at Newcastle University will look at the ways in which the figure of Eve has been imagined in art, culture and the media. Keynote speakers include Sandra M. […]

(9 Feb 2016) » The Afterlives of Eve (Conference 9th-11th September, CFP deadline 12th March)

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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