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Durham University

Department of English Studies

May 2016 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

More funding opportunities available

Durham University have recently announced two new funding schemes for taught postgraduate students for 2016 entry.

100 Postgraduate Taught Scholarships worth £3,000, and three Postgraduate Taught Scholarships worth £6,000, are open to applicants from under-represented groups at the University.

The deadline to apply for both of these is 4th June.

Additionally, all UK taught students can take up a new tuition fee loan through NEFirst Credit Union. Our students also find it possible to take up part-time work alongside their studies, whether on short-term research assistantships within the Department, or more widely. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre can help you find suitable jobs.

Top Department for English 2017

We're proud to have cemented our place as the best English Department in the United Kingdom, according to the Complete University Guide 2017 and Guardian University Guide 2017. Although these Guides relate to undergraduate study, some of the key scores - such as on research quality and our high ratio of staff to students - still give you a sense of the kind of world-class experience you can expect from your postgraduate studies here.

Durham University's Arts and Humanities Faculty also ranks as 28th among all the world's universities according to the Times Higher World University Rankings.

Supporting your creative writing

Whatever aspects of literature you study and research, if you are also a creative writer the Department offers lots of support for your endeavours. Each year the Centre for Poetry and Poetics hosts numerous poetry readings and open mic nights; we endorse a number of student-run magazines and publishing ventures; and we help bring writers and networking opportunities to Durham through collaborations with Durham Book Festival.

Our new MA in Creative Writing, taught by award-winning writers Dr Paul Batchelor and Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran, will also nurture the next generation of novelists and poets through a rigorous academic programme, writing workshops, and seminars with published authors and leaders in the industry. If you are interested in taking your work to the next level, details of this course are available online.

Sophie's success

Sophie Franklin, one of our PhD students, is celebrating the publication of her new book. In Charlotte Brontë Revisited,published by Saraband, Sophie looks at Charlotte through 21st-century eyes.

In Brontë's bicentennial year Sophie invites readers to discover her private world of convention, rebellion and imagination, and how they shaped her life, writing and obsessions – including the paranormal, nature, feminism and politics.

Sophie is just one of our published authors, in whose footsteps you may follow. Check out some of the other fantastic work done by our current PhD students over at our website.