English Studies at Durham University is one of the top English Departments in the country, offering teaching and research of the highest quality in beautiful surroundings. The Department is consistently rated as a top-five or higher English Department by various guides. Our recent successes include:
- Top English Department in the Complete University Guide 2018
- 95% of our students are satisfied with our courses according to the National Student Survey 2014
- According to the Guardian University Guide 2016, more students (97.5%) are satisfied with our English courses than any other university
- One of the leading departments of English in the UK for research quality. 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; we were third in the UK judged by publications, and fourth overall by grade point average
Our department combines a strong research profile and excellent publication record with a long-standing and continuing commitment to its undergraduate teaching. Staff interests cover the full spectrum of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to the present day, and different critical approaches to literature.
The department continues the Durham tradition of good teaching with individual attention to students and an emphasis on small-group teaching across a broad range of period and topics.