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Durham University: English Literary Studies

Institution Durham University View institution profile
Department English Studies
Telephone 0191 334 1000
Study type Taught


As a lover of the written word, our MA English Literary Studies offers you the freedom to explore a wide range of themes, genres and periods of time in literature. You can choose to study a named pathway, or to designate your own area of study within the broad MA.

We have a commitment to research-led teaching which is carried out by globally renowned scholars. The breadth and depth of activity in the Department fosters a lively learning environment and offers plenty of opportunities to follow your own interests or explore new areas of study.

You will select three modules from a broad range of themes and genres – from Old Norse to TS Eliot and from women and the novel in the eighteenth century to contemporary US crime fiction to Modernism and Touch. You can further tailor the course to your interests through your choice of dissertation.

Your studies will benefit from the work taking place in research centres and institutes within Durham University, such as the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures, and the Institute for Medical Humanities.

We offer this MA course as a one-year full-time option or through part-time study over two years. The flexibility and broad choice mean you will be able to study fields of literature that interest you and give you the greatest pleasure, all within a learning framework that supports your work.ucation, the arts and the media.


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