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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter November 2017

Funding opportunities now open

Funding schemes for both MA and doctoral postgraduates are now open for 2018 entry. These include:

Additionally, Durham alumni can claim a 25% discount on MA tuition fees.

Other sources of financial support, including scholarships and loans, may be available to you. Keep checking the University's database of Scholarships and Bursaries.

Dante in Durham

For centuries the work of Dante has inspired artists and writers from Botticelli to Dan Brown. A new exhibition at Durham's Palace Green Library tells the story of Dante's The Divine Comedy and its legacy through the rich collections of the University.

The exhibition was curated by two of our academics, Professor Jason Harding and Professor Michael O'Neill, who work on T.S. Eliot and Percy Bysshe Shelley, two poets who were particularly influenced by their Italian predecessor.

Do drop by if you are in Durham before you start your studies.

In Defence of Liberty

When the Egyptian academic Dr Mona Prince hit the headlines after she was suspended for teaching Paradise Lost, one of our PhD students jumped to her defence.

Sharihan Al-Akhras, who researches John Milton's links with the Islamic world, got in touch and secured an exclusive interview with Dr Prince about free speech and the teaching of literature.

The interview was published on our Department's blog, READ: Research English At Durham, where it reached a worldwide audience.

This is just one example of the ways our PhD students are able to engage with real world issues, and encouraged to demonstrate the wider value of the specialised research that they do.