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We offer a Taught MA in English Literary Studies with a wide variety of modules, which can be moulded to fit various formal pathways. This gives you the freedom to specialise, or to study broadly.

By undertaking one of our MA courses, you'll be studying with acknowledged experts in the subject, and will write a dissertation or carry out a research or Creative Writing project on the subject of your choice. Durham is one of the best English Departments in the country, offering the opportunity to study at the highest level in a supportive environment.

University student
After I arrived in Durham, it was quite daunting to move from the light-hearted welcoming week at my college to the serious, academic environment of the English department. As it turned out, I had no reason to worry at all - the staff were very friendly and welcoming, as were the students. Most of us were new to Durham, and a large portion of the group is international as well.

Ida Marie Halvorsen
Former MA student

MA Pathways

Choose from one of the following literary studies pathways:

Other MA programmes

  • Creative Writing MA

    Taught by award-winning creative writers on an academically rigorous programme.

    Female student using laptop
  • Interdisciplinary MAs

    We contribute to interdisciplinary MA programmes taught by specialists at the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a new MA in Data Science / Digital Humanities.

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Creative Writing MA

Taught by award-winning creative writers on an academically rigorous programme.

Female student using laptop

Interdisciplinary MAs

We contribute to interdisciplinary MA programmes taught by specialists at the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a new MA in Data Science / Digital Humanities.

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