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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty MA Bursaries

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities intends to award MA bursaries to students of exceptional ability for entry in October 2020.


MA bursaries are tenable for 12 months (full-time) and cover full fees at the home/EU rate for taught or research MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. The information about the cost of the full fees is available on the Postgraduate Study website:

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  1. a first-class or very good 2:1 undergraduate degree;
  2. outstanding research potential;
  3. a high-quality research/dissertation project;
  4. a firm intention to progress to doctoral study.


To be eligible for a Faculty MA bursary, you must apply to commence an MA programme within one of the Faculty's departments in the 2020-21 academic year.

*Please note: that the award cannot be deferred and it is assumed that successful candidates will start in October 2020.

** International students are eligible for the Faculty MA Bursaries, but applicants should note that the bursaries are only payable at the Home/EU rate and they may need to source further funding from elsewhere.

How to Apply

To apply for a Faculty MA bursary, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form (, and to state that you wish to be considered for the Faculty MA bursary when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies.

The general deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Monday 13 January 2020.

NB. If you have already submitted an application, please contact your prospective department and inform them that you wish to be considered for a Faculty MA bursary. The deadline for receipt of applications from the department into the Faculty Office is 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

***Please note: check your departmental website as they will set an earlier internal deadline for the receipt of applications. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline of your chosen department.

Selection Process

Your prospective department will review your application and decide whether to nominate you for consideration by the Faculty's Postgraduate Awards Panel, which is chaired by the Deputy Executive Dean (Postgraduate). The Faculty's Postgraduate Awards Panel will be considering applications in March 2020, and we anticipate notifying candidates whether they have been successful or not by Monday 23 March 2020. Successful candidates will be contacted in the first instance by email, and unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome by their department or school.

Other Durham Funding Opportunities

You may also wish to consider the Durham University NEFirst postgraduate loan scheme and the Student Loans Company for postgraduate loans.

Further Information

Please contact your prospective department for all enquiries about gaining admission and applying for the scheme.