How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in applying to Durham. Details on how to apply to the MSc, MA and CPD courses are listed on this page. We hope you find the instructions clear, but if you have any questions please check our Frequently Asked Questions Pages. In the unlikely event your query is not answered there, then do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.
The deadlines to submit applications for Taught programmes to commence study in the new academic year is 31st August. Those that are applying from outside Britain and the EU are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.
Stage One: Research and Requirements
You need to ensure that:
- you meet the School's entry requirements
- if you are not a native English speaker you will have to have taken an English Language proficiency test within two years of your intended admission date
Read more about English language requirements
- you can meet the financial requirements of the programme you are interested in
- your academic and/or employment references are satisfactory
The minimum entry requirements are not applicable for non-accredited CPD modules. If you wish to undertake accredited CPD however, the minimum entry requirements do apply.
Taught courses normally begin at, or shortly before, the beginning of the Michaelmas term in October. You will be advised of the appropriate starting dates by the School.
If you have doubts about meeting the requirements, please do contact the School using the details provided on this website to discuss options.
Stage Two: Complete the application form
All Applications should be made using the on-line application form.
The Annual Deadline for the Submission of Applications to commence study in the forthcoming academic year is the 31st August.
You will be asked for the following information:
- personal details
- academic qualifications and career to date
- the names and addresses of two academic /employment referees; you should also submit two reference letters direct to us either via email or post or ask your referees to submit their statements to us on your behalf.
- your chosen College
- details of any English Language Test taken
- details of Finance and Funding for tution fees and living expences
- details of residency and any criminal convictions
- details of any relevant experiance to support your application (including employment, professional qualifications, reason why you wish to study the programme etc)
Colleges: The Durham Difference
Durham's college system is arguably the most distictive feature of the University. Most students belong to a college - an allegiance maintained not just throughout their time at Durham, but for life. Each college is a small community providing a wide range of activities and facilities.
If you wish to read for any full-time programme you must become a member of one of our Colleges as well as being accepted by the School.
If you wish to register for a part-time programme, you need not join a College; however we strongly recommend that you do so. Joining a college is free and the benefits are huge!
Colleges are not directly involved in academic teaching, but one of their main purposes is to provide an environment conducive to learning. As well as providing accommodation Colleges are an excellent forum for mixing with other postgraduates, as well as staff and undergraduates. Colleges also offer additional study facilities, each have their own sport and social scene and offer an excellent advice and support network including pastoral.
Because all the School programmes are taught at Queen's Campus we do encourage students to join either John Snow or George Stephenson Colleges, however, if you have a preference for a particular College please indicate this on your application. Every effort will be made by the Graduate School to arrange membership with the College you request. In the event that this is not possible, membership with an alternative College will be arranged. Please note that if you are offered membership of a College, this does not imply that you will automatically be offered accommodation by that College. If you are interested in College accommodation, you will be contacted by your College once you have accepted your offer of a place. Your College will then consider your requirements and inform you if it is possible to offer you accommodation. Any accommodation queries should be directed to your College.
Graduate School Contact details
Stage Three: We process your application
We will process your application on the basis of all the information provided and will endeavour to let you know as soon as possible. In certain circumstances we may need to request further information.
We aim to deal with your application as quickly as possible and most forms are processed within two to six weeks of receipt.
Further details on the University and School of Medicine and Health processing procedures, are available on our Frequently Asked Questions pages.
Stage Four: Our response
Once your application has been considered by the School of Medicine and Health, we will send you an informal letter, usually by email, we will then send your application to the Graduate School with a recommendation for approval.
The Graduate School is responsible for approving all postgraduate applications. You should be aware that approval by the Graduate School is not a formality and that in some cases where a department has recommended approval, the Graduate School may be unable to support this. Until you receive an offer from the Postgraduate Admissions Office, you have not received a formal offer of a place.
The School will contact you directly if we are unable to recommend your application for approval. Details as to why your application has been declined will be given.
NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:
Any offer made by the University and the School does not automatically grant the international applicant a British VISA. This is a separate application to the British Home Office by the applicant and is subject to British Home Office Immigration legislation.
As the School of Medicine and Health currently only offers Campus taught programmes, without a vaild British VISA, international students will not be eligable to register with the University to study any of our taught programmes.