Entrance Requirements for Taught Degrees
To be admitted to do a taught master's course you should have normally have received an appropriate upper second or first class undergraduate degree, or its equivalent for overseas candidates. If you are unsure whether your first degree is appropriate, please contact the degree director of the degree you are interested in. References will also play an important part in the admissions process.
Entrance Requirements for Research Degrees
To be admitted to do a research degree you must show that you have appropriate training to work independently (with academic guidance from your supervisor) at this level. This will normally involve both an appropriate undergraduate degree at upper second or first class level and a Masters degree in Psychology or relevant other subject. The department will also need to be satisfied that your proposed research is viable and that we are able to provide appropriate supervision and resources.
English language: We welcome applications from overseas applicants, including those who do not speak English as a first language. Because our teaching is in English you will need to be proficient in both written and spoken English and provide evidence of this with an overall band score of at least 7 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5) or at least 102 in the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) (with no component score under 25). In all cases the relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.
For Research Degrees, our language requirement is in line with the University minimum requirements of IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element below 6, or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) an overall score of 92 with no component score below 23.
The Language Centre offers a range of English Language Training options including summer courses. Your offer of a place on a course can be made conditional on passing a Durham University Summer Language course if you do not have the required English Test scores.