Durham University

Durham University


Our taught MA pathway in Studies in Poetry offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise within this field. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study within the field. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from John Milton to Romantic forms of grief, to the study of modern poetry. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities.Our programme offers up-to-date training in research methods and skills.You will choose three modules, at least two of which are from within the pathway, and you will write a dissertation on a subject related to studies in poetry.An MA in Studies in Poetry is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised university.

Course modules

Core modules: research methods and resources; dissertation. Optional modules: warrior poets in heroic societies; John Milton: life, works and influence ; lyric poetry of the English Renaissance and reformation; romantic forms of grief; second generation romantic poetry; women in Victorian poetry and painting; modern poetry; the writing of poetry.

Assessment methods

Assessment of core modules includes 1 research proposal exercise and 1 critical essay of 1500 words. There is also a dissertation of 12,000 words. Each optional module is normally assessed by 2 essays of 3000 words.

Sponsorship information

Funding is available through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Awards (one scholarship available) and also through the faculty MA Scholarships award scheme.


Qualification Study mode Start month 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