Why Study with Us?
"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.
I really enjoyed my PhD here: you are given support and various opportunities throughout your course, and my supervisors were helpful but also willing to fit in with my preference to work independently for most of the time. The funding opportunities, friendly attitude of the department, and the fact that PhD students are allowed to teach at undergraduate level (I've taught across four modules) mean that I would recommend this course unreservedly."
Katherine Heavey, PhD student
As an MA or PhD student at Durham, you will be attending one of the top English Departments in the UK:
- Top English Department in the Complete University Guide 2016
- 95% of our students are satisfied with our courses according to the National Student Survey 2014
- One of the leading departments of English in the UK for research quality. 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; we were third in the UK judged by publications, and fourth overall by grade point average
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.
Durham makes World Top 30 for its Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been ranked in the World’s Top 30 for its Arts and Humanities in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (up 18 places from last year)
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