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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Why Study with Us?


We offer a wide variety of interesting programmes of study for taught MA students, while PhD students are supervised by experts in their field, supported by our excellent research training and facilities.

Our graduates have gone on to achieve success in all walks of life. Check out some of the activities of our former research students.

Find out about the support we provide to our postgraduate students such as:

“I came to Durham to study with well-known academics in my field and because of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In my time here, as well as completing my PhD, I have helped to organise the Medieval and Renaissance Postgraduate Discussion Group with students in History and Modern Languages, been awarded a Research Assistantship to contribute to a major AHRC project editing the complete works of James Shirley, and received support from the CMRS to attend conferences and a course on palaeography.”

Katherine Heavey, PhD student
Life as An English MA Student

Life as An English MA Student

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Our popular MA programmes attract many students every year, thanks to their high-quality teaching and wide variety of modules on offer. But what’s it really like as a student living and learning with us? Previous MA student Hannah Piercy talks about her experiences working with fellow students and academic staff, both in the classroom and through the array of extra-curricular events we provide.

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