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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.

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

  • 600 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 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
World leading research 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in REF 2014

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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  • 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.
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New art exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war

A new multimedia exhibition curated by Dr Louisa Uchum Egbunike commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967-1970), and examines the legacies of Biafra by showcasing works from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK).
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Ideas for Positive Change: Writing Fiction About the Climate Crisis

What role might fiction play in helping readers to come to terms with the climate crisis? Dr Naomi Booth shares her ‘idea for positive change’ in this talk recorded for Durham Book Festival.
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Upcoming events

“savage warnings and notations”: The Women Charting New Sensory Terrains in the Wake of Intelligence Work

Tuesday 7 December 2021 - Tuesday 7 December 2021
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Online (Zoom)
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Colonizing Care: Trollope’s Fiction of Independence

Thursday 9 December 2021 - Thursday 9 December 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online (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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