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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter March 2017

Study at one of the world's best English Departments

We're celebrating our success after being rated one of the world's top English Departments, according to the recently released QS World University Rankings. These rankings focus on our reputation among academics and employers, and the influence of our research. We are now 35th, up three places from last year.

We are also the best English Department in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2017, which takes into account aspects such as student satisfaction.

Funding your future

The deadline for most of our scholarships for MA and PhD students has now passed. However, there are still other sources of funding that you might want to investigate.

For UK taught students, a tuition fee loan through NEFirst Credit Union is available. For PhD students we've recently posted information about a Von Hügel scholarship worth £3000.

For both international and UK students, there are various trusts and charitable bodies that offer support depending on your background and research interests. A full list can be found on the University's postgraduate funding pages.

Our students also find it possible to take up part-time work alongside their studies, whether on projects within the Department or more widely. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre can help you find suitable jobs.

Meet our PhD students

Some people think that research in English Literature has no connection to the 'real world'. However, our PhD students who graduated in 2017 have been proving the opposite in recent articles.

Alexander McDonnell has drawn on his research into Herman Melville to showhow the American novelist gives us an insight into the election of Donald Trump.

Another successful graduate, Roisin Laing, has suggested that in order to nurture child prodigies who go viral on social media, we need to understand the ways in which our nineteenth-century ancestors thought about children with remarkable talents.

These are just two examples of the insightful work our PhD students have completed, which connects literary topics to real-world issues. We look forward to you following in their footsteps.

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50