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Durham University

Department of English Studies

February 2016 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Funding your future

The deadline for our scholarships for MA and PhD students has now passed. However, there are still other sources of funding that you might want to investigate.

For UK taught students, a new tuition fee loanthrough NEFirst Credit Union is now available.

For both international and UK students, there are various trusts and charitable bodies that offer support depending on your background and research interests. A full list can be found on the University's postgraduate site.

Our students also find it possible to take up part-time work alongside their studies, whether on projects within the Department or more widely. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre can help you find suitable jobs.

MA Modules 2016-17

Although as a prospective taught MA student you may already have chosen your degree pathway, the availability of individual modules varies from year to year. For up to date information on MA module provision in 2016-2017, please contact

Or for more of a personal sense of study at Durham, read our MA Student Diarists' accounts of their different MA pathways, modules, and academic experiences on them.

Our world-class Postgraduate English journal

Postgraduate English is our professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate literary research. Having published continuously since 2000, it has a global reputation as one of the longest-running online publications of its type.

Articles are submitted by PhD scholars from around the world, and successful papers receive several thousand downloads each year.

Durham postgraduates serve as editors of the journal. The incoming editors for 2016 are Arya Aryan, Daniel Norman and Douglass Virdee. All our postgraduates are eligible to submit their own material for peer review and possible publication.

Organising Inventions of the Text

Meet Sharon Tai, one of our postgraduate researchers who is currently convening our termly seminar series, Inventions of the Text.

Inventions brings together leading scholars and postgraduate students to share new research. This term's series is on the theme of "Literary Concepts, Theories and Genres."

Sharon says, "Convening Inventions is an opportunity to engage in scholarly conversations, enhance organisation skills, enforce time management and embrace a vibrant postgraduate life!"

All of our postgraduates are encouraged to get involved in organising, attending, or presenting at these seminars.