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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.

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.

“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


News Feed: Latest Research

Romanticism Across the Atlantic: Voyages in the Armstrong Browning Library

While we may popularly think of Romantic writers as being rooted in their domestic worlds, authors on both sides of the Atlantic shared their ideas with one another. Mark Sandy […]

(14 Dec 2017) » Romanticism Across the Atlantic: Voyages in the Armstrong Browning Library

Personification Across Disciplines (Call for Papers, 9th Feb 2018; Conference, 17th-19th Sept 2018)

Humans have a flair for attributing intentions, traits, agency, emotions and mental states to beings or things – either real or imagined. A groundbreaking conference at Durham University, organised by […]

(13 Dec 2017) » Personification Across Disciplines (Call for Papers, 9th Feb 2018; Conference, 17th-19th Sept 2018)

Twenty-Five Years of Critical and Cultural Theory

Literary theory. The words will send a shudder through many an English student, and perhaps also those authors and readers who enjoy literature without feeling the urge to theorise about […]

(7 Dec 2017) » Twenty-Five Years of Critical and Cultural Theory

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Postgraduate Prospectus 2018

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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.