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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter December 2016

Funding opportunities

Funding schemes for both MA and doctoral postgraduates are now open:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries (deadline 16th January 2017)
  • Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships (deadline 16th December 2016)
  • Durham Doctoral Studentships (deadline 16th December 2016)

For more information on each scheme, see our Financial Support pages.

Other sources of financial support, including scholarships and loans, may be available to you. Keep checking the University's central fundingpages for more.

Visiting voices

Two exhibitions currently running at Durham's Palace Green Library highlight some of the diverse research connected to English Studies at Durham.

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday explores the phenomenon of 'voice hearing'. While often regarded as a symptom of schizophrenia, voice hearing has had an inspirational effect on writers such as Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett. Listen to our academics discussing the relationship between voices and literature in this podcast.

'The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East takes a look at the region's rich poetic history as well as contemporary writing. It draws on archives such as Durham's own Palace Green as well as the Northern Poetry Library - two fabulous resources to which you may have access if you are interested in the genre. The exhibition is co-organised by our Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

Do drop by Palace Green Library if you are in the vicinity of Durham before you start your studies.

Meet PhD researcher Alasdair MacFarlane

As a postgraduate you might have the opportunity to study in the British Library, with its unparalleled collections of books and manuscripts.

Sometimes this can lead to exciting and unexpected discoveries.

PhD student Alasdair MacFarlane recently explored the ‘Sloane Manuscript’ collection, which includes a number of manuscripts describing the voyages made by privateers to the South Seas in the late seventeenth century.

What he discovered was a surprising story of made-up maps and fictitious journals. Follow Alasdair's adventures in the archives in this blog post.

Fees and Funding

Further information relating to the fees and costs of postgraduate study and the range of funding sources available.