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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Research Degrees Available

Durham University is a research intensive institution and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers a wide range of research degrees. These degrees are ideal for suitably qualified candidates who would like to pursue study in a specialist research area of interest to them. Research degrees involve students following their own timetable of academic study, under the supervision of an academic supervisory team. Assessment is usually by thesis which is submitted at the end of the course.

You can study for one, two or three years (full-time), or two, four or six years (part-time) towards different research qualifications: 

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy - 3 years / 6 years
  • MLitt Master of Letters - 2 years / 4 years
  • MMus Master of Music - 2 years / 4 years
  • MTh Master of Theology - 1 year / 2 years
  • MA Master of Arts (by research) - 1 year / 2 years

Professional doctorates

Some departments within the faculty also offer the opportunity to study towards a professional doctorate or PhD with integrated studies, which combines a (somewhat shorter) doctoral thesis with a significant taught element. The Department of Theology & Religion offers such a doctorate called a  Doctor of Theology and Ministry (DThM).  

Research training

All research students will have the opportunity to develop their research and transferable skills through the Research Training Programmes offered by their academic department and the Graduate School.  

Before applying

Before submitting a formal application, you must consult the department in which you would like to study and check that there is someone who can supervise your proposed thesis. Departmental webpages contain details of academics’ research interests and individual members of staff welcome enquiries from potential applicants wishing to undertake research in their field.

Arts & Humanities new postgraduate study facilities

The former Law School offices, right in the heart of Durham City, has been refurbished to create 60 postgraduate research study spaces. Each study space offers power and data points, storage space, and shelving. Wireless access is available throughout the building. The study facility also provides a postgraduate lounge area with refreshment-making facilities.