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Department of English Studies

Postgraduate Study

The strength and breadth of the Department's research in English Literature were recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent.' As a teaching department, we are the highest rated department overall in the Complete University Guide 2018.

“Durham's PhD programme has given me the freedom to study independently, and also to seek out new research opportunities and intellectual activities which interest me and support my research, such as the Institute of Advanced Study, working with the Kaleidoscope or Postgraduate English journals, or attending the Department's seminar series.”

Alistair Brown, former PhD student

The Department has research links with scholars in several countries, including Australia, France, Japan, Poland, the Czech Republic, Canada and the United States. We also participate in the activities of interdisciplinary research centres within Durham University, such as the Centre for 17th-Century Studies, the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, and the Centre for Medical Humanities.


News Feed: Latest Research

Alfred the Great through History (Public lecture, 23rd August)

Alfred the Great may be best-known for burning the cakes, but various stories have surrounded this Anglo-Saxon king through the centuries. Join David Barrow at our next Late Summer Lecture, […]

(17 Aug 2017) » Alfred the Great through History (Public lecture, 23rd August)

New Podcast: Feminist Utopias and Afrofuturism

In the nineteenth century, time travel fiction often imagined exciting, utopian futures. However, these stories were often told from the perspective of a middle-class, white, male protagonist who doesn’t really need […]

(11 Aug 2017) » New Podcast: Feminist Utopias and Afrofuturism

Neo-Victorian Decadences (Conference, 8th-9th September)

Registration is now open for this two-day international conference, looking at reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day. The conference features […]

(10 Aug 2017) » Neo-Victorian Decadences (Conference, 8th-9th September)

Albion: Change, Rebirth and Stagnancy in The Middle English Prose Brut Chronicle (Public lecture, 16th August)

In the age of Brexit, the origins and history of British identity are of interest like never before. Explore the roots of nationhood and travel back to the mythical land […]

(8 Aug 2017) » Albion: Change, Rebirth and Stagnancy in The Middle English Prose Brut Chronicle (Public lecture, 16th August)

HG Wells double bill: The Time Machine and Time After Time (Film screening, 13th August)

Go back in cinematic time and revisit two classic films, in this special double screening at Durham Gala Theatre on 13th August, the anniversary of H.G. Wells’ death. The first film […]

(4 Aug 2017) » HG Wells double bill: The Time Machine and Time After Time (Film screening, 13th August)

Listening Back to Late Summer Lectures

With Late Summer Lectures 2017 beginning on 16th August, here’s a chance to reflect on the topics covered by last year’s lecturers. Enjoy listening to these podcasts, and then come […]

(3 Aug 2017) » Listening Back to Late Summer Lectures

North East English Literature Events in August 2017

  If you’re packing your bags and heading away from the North East for a while this August, you’re going to miss out. No, not the glorious sunshine (ahem!) but […]

(2 Aug 2017) » North East English Literature Events in August 2017

Why Ann Quin’s Tripticks is a Road Trip Novel for Our Time

Hippy love cults, drifters, and a native American: just some of the cast of characters you’ll meet on a journey through Ann Quin’s final novel Tripticks, published in 1972. Robert […]

(28 Jul 2017) » Why Ann Quin’s Tripticks is a Road Trip Novel for Our Time

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Postgraduate Prospectus 2017

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The Department hosts one of the longest-running online postgraduate journals in literary studies, Postgraduate English, which is edited by two PhD students each year.