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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

25% MA Tuition Fees Discount for Durham Alumni

Like Durham? Stay for an MA!

Beginning in 2018, Durham alumni will qualify for a 25% discount on tuition fees (home or overseas) for any taught postgraduate programme in the Arts and Humanities Faculty.

At Durham, we recognize that our greatest asset is the quality of our student body. In order to encourage more Durham undergraduates to stay on (or return!) for an MA, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are trialling for two years an offer of a substantially increased alumni tuition discount for all of our taught postgraduate programmes. This initiative is being funded by the Arts and Humanities Faculty, so it applies only to MA programmes in the following areas:

Classics and Ancient History, English Studies, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Theology and Religion, and the English Language Centre.

Anyone with a first degree from Durham in any subject is eligible for the discount on any taught Masters degree in Arts and Humanities. The alumni discount for all other postgraduate programmes at Durham remains at 10%.

Why do an MA at Durham?

If you enjoyed the three years of your undergraduate degree at Durham, you should consider staying or returning for a fourth. If you relished studying topics in greater depth in your final year, if you rose to the challenge of researching independently in your undergraduate dissertation, and if you would like to work even more closely with the world-leading academics we have here, the MA is for you.

Some people study for an MA because they want to go on to a PhD in the subject, and for them it is a necessary stepping-stone. But many more see the Masters degree as an end-point, the capstone of their university education. The research skills you develop over the intensive, in-depth one-year course will serve you well no matter what profession you go into.

The skills of collecting complex data, analysing it rigorously and communicating it effectively are highly valued by employers. And the experience of working at the cutting edge of research with leading experts is an intellectual experience that will stay with you for a lifetime, no matter what career path you take.

An investment in your future

We are aware that today's graduating students are very concerned about the debt they have accumulated. In this context, it might seem financially imprudent to embark upon another degree. But it is worth bearing in mind that students graduating with a postgraduate degree from Durham attract considerably higher starting salaries on average than those with an undergraduate degree only (£30K vs £24K).

If you start on the salary ladder several rungs up, that comparative advantage will persist and pay dividends as you get raises over the years. Over the course of a 40-year career, a small difference in starting salary can add up to a large sum.

A low-cost route to a world-class MA

There are advantages to staying in Durham for your MA. It's a one-year course and you can hit the ground running, without having to take the time to settle yourself in a new city and university, which can be a considerable distraction when the course is so short.

North East England has an extremely low cost of living in comparison with most of our competitor universities elsewhere in the UK. Most Durham postgraduates choose to live slightly further out of the city than Durham undergraduates, where rents are significantly lower than in the centre.

If you are worried about debt, the combination of the tuition fee discount and the potential for keeping down your living expenses in the North East makes staying in Durham a pragmatic choice.

The tuition fees for all courses can be found on the course database.

Funding the MA

You can borrow up to £10,280 for an MA via Student Finance England. For eligibility and further information, see the following links:

You may also be eligible to apply for a credit union loan from NEFIRST.

In addition, Durham offers a substantial number of means-tested scholarships for Masters level study; these are for students from households with an income of £42,620 or below:

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers 10 competitive bursaries per year that cover the full cost of tuition at the Home/EU rate:

Applying for the discount

The 25% discount for taught postgraduate programmes in Arts and Humanities will be applied in the same way and subject to the same rules as the general 10% alumni discount for other postgraduate programmes in the university. You simply indicate when enrolling if you think you are eligible for an alumni discount. When this is confirmed, the appropriate discount will be applied automatically to your invoice.

For further details and FAQs, please refer to the on-line information about the general alumni discount.

Our Programmes

In most of the taught MA programmes in the Faculty, the skills developed and assessed are designed to produce students who can conduct independent research of the highest calibre. In order to find out more about these degrees, approach the department and ask to speak to the MA director for the programme you are interested in. Departments will also be holding regular information events to promote the MA; if you are a current final-year undergraduate, you should hear about the events in your own department.

Somewhat different in focus are our two pre-professional MAs. The English Language Centre offers an MA in TESOL and Modern Languages and Cultures offers an MA in Translation Studies. These are designed to prepare students for the skills needed as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages and as a professional translator, respectively.

You may be thinking about travelling abroad for a few years after graduation and supporting yourself by teaching English. Increasingly, however, it can be very difficult to find work of that nature without a formal qualification. So even if you are not considering a career in TESOL, you might want to consider that MA.

Here is a list of MA programmes in the Faculty. For full details of the regulations for these degrees, see the Faculty Handbook.