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:
- Top English Department in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2017 and Guardian University Guide 2017.
- 96% of our students are satisfied with our courses according to the National Student Survey 2015.
- One of the leading departments of English in the UK for research. 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; we were third in the UK judged by publications, and fourth overall by grade point average.
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.
For our current news, podcasts and events you can subscribe to our blog here.
Events & Conferences
Thursday 19 January 2017
- Thatcher and Thatcherism: New Critical Perspectives Durham University
Thursday 26 January 2017
- Dickens and Over-hearing 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Palace Green Library, Dr Peter Garratt
Wednesday 5 July 2017
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
The Empathetic Imagination and the Dream of Equality: Shakespeare’s “Poetical Justice” (Public lecture, 8th December)
Mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with this special public lecture given by the eminent Shakespeare scholar, Professor Kiernan Ryan. All are welcome to St Chad’s College Chapel on […]
North East English Literature Events in December 2016
Sick of Christmas shopping? Fed up with festivities? Bah, humbug! Count down the days of December by unwrapping our monthly listing of literature events in the North East, which is stockinged […]
(2 Dec 2016) » North East English Literature Events in December 2016
New Podcast: Breathing in Science Fiction
From Darth Vader’s laboured respiration, to the divers gasping for air in James Cameron’s The Abyss, the sounds of breathing in science fiction are not only memorable, they also draw attention […]
(2 Dec 2016) » New Podcast: Breathing in Science Fiction
77 Hallgarth Street
Tel: 0191 334 2500/2571
Fax: 0191 334 2501
83% of Durham’s research was assessed as "internationally excellent quality" or "world-leading" (REF 2014).
Explore the frontiers of knowledge