Durham University

Durham University

Studies in Poetry

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 you 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

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

Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to provide a personal statement.

In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently and may be emailed direct to the Department if you wish (english-pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk).

We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.

Course modules

Core Modules:
Research Methods and Resources,
Dissertation.
Optional Modules:
Typical modules might include:

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,
Elegy: From John Milton to Seamus Heaney,
Women in Victorian Poetry and Painting,
S. Eliot,
Modern Poetry,
The Writing of Poetry.

Assessment methods

All students take 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. You will also produce a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English Studies
Telephone number: 
0191 334 2500