Durham University

Durham University

English Literary Studies

The programme offer up-to-date training in research methods and skills and a wide selection of literature modules from which you choose 3. You will also write a dissertation. You will have the opportunity to follow up particular interests by studying a named pathway, or to designate your own area of study within the course, tailoring an individual programme based on period, theme or genre.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised university. We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.poetic compositions. English language requirements include an IELTS score of at least 7.0 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5) or at least 102 in the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) (with no element below 25).

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods and resources; dissertation. Optional modules: old Norse; warrior poets in heroic societies; old English language and literature; narrative transformations: medieval romance to renaissance epic; middle English manuscripts and texts; issues in medieval and renaissance studies; renaissance tragedy; renaissance humanism; lyric poetry of the English renaissance and reformation; John Milton: life, works and influence; women and the novel in the eighteenth century; reflections on revolution, 1789-1922; second-generation romantic poetry; romantic forms of grief; women in Victorian poetry and painting; thinking with things in Victorian literature; literary masculinity at the fin-de-si�cle; the literatures of slavery; literature of the supernatural; modernism and touch; representing the self: from Sophocles to the sopranos; life narratives; post-war British drama; modern poetry; the contemporary us novel; blood and soil: regionalism and contemporary us crime narrative; the writing of poetry.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes: 3 optional modules, taught in small seminar groups of up to 10, with each module generating 18 hours of contact time (9 seminars x 2 hours) over the academic year. A strong emphasis is placed on independent research, and seminars usually involve a considerable amount of preparation, including short presentations and workshop activities. Assessment for these modules is usually by coursework essay.

Sponsorship information

Master's scholarships; Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of English Studies
Telephone number: 
0191 334 2500