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Department of English Studies

Taught Degrees

By undertaking one of our MA courses, you'll be studying with acknowledged experts in the subject, and will write a dissertation or carry out a research project on the subject of your choice. Durham is one of the best English Departments in the country, offering the opportunity to study at the highest level in a beautiful environment.

English Literary Studies (MA)

The MA in English Literary Studies allows you to specialise in a particular area of English Literature, choosing the modules that interest you the most. It is sufficiently flexible to allow you to combine modules informally, focussing on areas you find most interesting. Possibilities might include: American literature; fiction and prose writing; literature, race and gender; genre studies; political and social contexts of literature.

You can also choose a more focused pathway, allowing you to tailor your degree accordingly:

You will:

  • Complete the core Research Methods and Resources module.
  • Study a total of 3 further modules.
  • Complete a dissertation on an approved subject of your choice.

The aims of the Taught MA are to offer you training in the research methods of English Literary Studies, and to enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject area. Ultimately the programme will prepare you for independent research at a higher degree level.

One of the main strengths of our Taught MA is that it provides choice and flexibility, reflecting our rich variety of research expertise, and also giving you the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of literary study.

Creative Writing (MA)

The MA in Creative Writing is an exciting new programme at Durham University. Taught by award-winning writers Dr Paul Batchelor and Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran, this is an academically rigorous programme that will develop students’ knowledge of the practice of writing poetry and prose fiction. Students will receive structured support through writing workshops and one-to-one tutorials in order to develop their own ideas. Students will also study a broad range of literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, and produce new work in response.

Funding Opportunities

click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.