Our Department is consistently rated as a top-five or higher English Department by various national guides.
Staff interests cover the full spectrum of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to the present day, and different critical approaches to literature as well as creative writing. We consider literatures in English in the global sense, with modules that cover authors and texts ranging from the United States to South Asia. Our work combines a strong sense of tradition with a commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary approaches.
Our teaching and research complement one another at all levels of academic enquiry, from first-year tutorials to the specialised supervision available to MA and doctoral postgraduates. For example, staff offer ‘special topic’ seminar modules related to their field of expertise, while our creative writers lead modules in creative writing, poetry and prose.
Students are taught in lectures and seminars, as well as small tutorial groups and one-to-one supervisions. Undergraduates can see their tutors regularly, and prepare essays or shorter pieces for tutorial or seminar discussion.
The University Library maintains extensive general collections in literary studies, with specialist collections and archives on Palace Green.
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The tutorials and seminars were always engaging and thought-provoking. I often walked out of lessons feeling refreshed and inspired by new ways of thinking about literature. The chance to study under experts in each module and debate your ideas with your peers is a privilege.
Coming to university to study at any level can feel overwhelming. At Durham we provide the most relevant information and support to make this transition easier for you.
Learning and studying English at this level may be very different to what you're used to, but during your first year in particular we will support you to gain confidence.
Your introduction to English will start online after you have achieved your place. You will be given access to various websites, including our virtual learning environment, with some initial reading and activities you can do over the summer to prepare for your studies.
Once you arrive, induction will be an ongoing process. You will be invited to various plenary sessions concerning module choice, library skills, research and working practices in the course of your first and second years, with the emphasis shifting to the dissertation in final year. You will also have regular meetings with your Academic Adviser during each year.
The Department of English Studies is mainly situated Hallgarth House and Elvet Riverside. It is nestled within medieval Durham, conveniently close to the University Library. Let English student, Sunita Ramani, show you around.
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