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Welcome to English Studies at Durham

We are one of few university English departments in the world who teach and research in literature produced in Britain from the early medieval period to the present day as well as in anglophone literature from across the globe. We also offer Creative Writing at MA, PhD, and MLitt level.

Our subject range is made possible by our large and thriving community of around:

  • 700 undergraduates
  • 60 taught postgraduates
  • 60 PhD researchers
  • 60 academic staff
  • 10 post-doctoral researchers
  • 10 administrative staff

Explore our various courses, or engage with us on social media to discover our research.

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4th in the UK for English according to The Guardian University Guide 2022
Athena Swan Bronze Award
Athena Swan Bronze Award Recognising our work to address gender equality
Top 50
Top 50 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
World leading research 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in REF 2021

Study with us

  • Undergraduate study

    Our department combines a strong research profile and excellent publication record with a long-standing and continuing commitment to its undergraduate teaching. 

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  • Postgraduate study

    We offer taught MA degrees in English Literary Studies, and Creative Writing. We support a large research community of PhD and MLitt students in English and Creative Writing. 

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Undergraduate study

Our department combines a strong research profile and excellent publication record with a long-standing and continuing commitment to its undergraduate teaching. 

Students working together at computer

Postgraduate study

We offer taught MA degrees in English Literary Studies, and Creative Writing. We support a large research community of PhD and MLitt students in English and Creative Writing. 

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Our research

Our research is at the forefront of developments in the discipline. We regularly publish influential academic books and essays that are drawn on by students and other researchers around the globe, and we publish acclaimed creative work in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Our research has regional, national and international impact.
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  • Recognition for the Department’s Research Excellence

    Our outstanding research environment and our impact on public life, community, and culture have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
    Photograph of a castle standing above a river. The text REF20201 Research Excellence Framework is on the front of the image.
  • Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

    For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
    Image of Kayo Chingonyi

Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
Image of Kayo Chingonyi
  • Recognition for the Department’s Research Excellence

    Our outstanding research environment and our impact on public life, community, and culture have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
    Photograph of a castle standing above a river. The text REF20201 Research Excellence Framework is on the front of the image.
  • New issue of our Postgraduate English journal

    We’re delighted to announce the publication of volume 43 of Postgraduate English, our groundbreaking journal which has been publishing worldwide early-career literature scholars since 2000.
    Word cloud of keywords used in this issue of Postgraduate English. literature 0th-century Charlotte Dacre gender Irish Jean Rhys Marina Carr Norman Nicholson Shakespeare 9th-century classical reception colonialism contagion Cumbria desire exile Greek landscape moral neo-Victorian place poetry political power race spatial Tempest theatre tragedy
  • Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

    For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
    Image of Kayo Chingonyi

New issue of our Postgraduate English journal

We’re delighted to announce the publication of volume 43 of Postgraduate English, our groundbreaking journal which has been publishing worldwide early-career literature scholars since 2000.
Word cloud of keywords used in this issue of Postgraduate English. literature 0th-century Charlotte Dacre gender Irish Jean Rhys Marina Carr Norman Nicholson Shakespeare 9th-century classical reception colonialism contagion Cumbria desire exile Greek landscape moral neo-Victorian place poetry political power race spatial Tempest theatre tragedy

Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
Image of Kayo Chingonyi

Upcoming events

Ok, goats closer: Film screening and talk

Wednesday 18 May 2022 - Wednesday 18 May 2022
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elvet Riverside 142 and online
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The Age of World Literature and the Novel: Some Narratological Considerations

Thursday 19 May 2022 - Thursday 19 May 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
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Lafcadio Hearn and the Global Imagination at the Fin de Siècle

Wednesday 29 June 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Online (via Zoom)
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Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about our courses and research.

Department of English Studies

Hallgarth House  

77 Hallgarth Street  

Durham City  

DH1 3AY 

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2500 

Fax: +44 (0)191 334 2501 

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