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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletters April 2018

Study at one of the world's best English Departments

We're celebrating our success after again being rated one of the world's top English Departments, according to the recently released QS World University Rankings.

These recognise the influence of our research and our reputation among academics and employers globally. We've now climbed to 34th in the world.

We are also the best English Department in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2018, which is based on features like the quality of our research and student satisfaction with our teaching.

Exploring our unique libraries

As a postgraduate studying English Literature or Creative Writing, a good library is an essential research tool. Happily, Durham has several substantial and unique holdings of books, journals and archival material.

The University's main library is the Bill Bryson Library, home to around 1 million printed items. The Library's West Wing opened in 2011.

Going back in history, Durham University also has access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of pre-Reformation books and manuscripts, held across Durham Cathedral Library, Ushaw College, and Palace Green Library.

One valuable resource is the Bamburgh Library, which contains books dating from the 15th to 20th centuries, collected by generations of nobility and bishops. We recently published a blog from librarian Danielle Westerhof, who is uncovering some of the treasures, including several that may be of interest to you as a literature student.

From Undergraduate to Postgraduate Study

Moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study can seem a daunting prospect. On the University's student life blog, our current MA student Laura Day explains what the transition is like.

Laura says that "the MA is the first time a student can really ‘get to grips’ with their academic curiosities, and use their dissertation as a form of critical identification". She found in particular that her MA studies took her on an "intellectual expedition" that merged her academic and personal interests.

Follow Laura's adventures on Instagram, or read about her transformation from undergraduate to postgraduate.