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Durham University

Centre for Particle Theory

Graduate Studies at CPT: Applying

Applications should be submitted via the graduate school's on-line application system.


We strongly encourage all applications by December 15th. Research Council studentships will be decided in February/March, so we should have all your materials by February 1st at the very latest if you want to be considered for RCUK awards. The deadline for Durham Doctoral Scholarships and the China Scholarship Council scheme is usually around 15 January. Note that other funding sources, particularly for international students, may have much earlier deadlines.

Research proposal

The application form requests a research proposal. We are not expecting a detailed proposal, but it is useful to give us an idea here of what interests you, and why you want to do a PhD in particle theory.

Open Days

We will invite applicants to come to one of two or three open days held throughout February and March. We feel it is useful for you to get an idea of what study at Durham is like, and to talk to staff and current students. Students who would like to visit at other times are welcome to do so; please contact

English Language Requirements

For students whose first language is not English or whose first degree was awarded by a University not delivering the courses in English, postgraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in English Language. The University's minimal language requirements for postgraduate studies may be found here.
In all cases the relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.