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Department of English Studies

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:

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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