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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Financial Support

Full-Time, UK, self-financing students have an opportunity to apply for loans through NEFirst Credit Union Limited or the Student Loans Company.

UK and EU doctoral students can apply for a Doctoral Loan through Student Finance England, of up to £25,000 for the duration of the course.

Please consult Durham University's central scholarships and bursaries and the Faculty of Arts postgraduate funding pages for up-to-date fees information and additional funding opportunities. Below are some of the most relevant funding opportunities for English Studies through:

MA funding

Alumni fee discount

Durham alumni qualify for a 25% discount on tuition fees (home or overseas) for any taught postgraduate programme in the Arts and Humanities Faculty. Please see the Faculty website for further information.

Doctoral Awards

Funding competitions for both Northern Bridge and Durham Doctoral Studentships are now open. For more information, please review the following video. You can also download the slides from this presentation on PhD applications.

English Studies - PhD Application Process

English Studies - PhD Application Process

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Dr Venetia Bridges, English Studies, takes you through the application process to study Literary Criticism and Creative Writing degrees.

Research Assistantships

The Department regularly sets up several small Research Assistantships, partly to offer research students in Durham training in subject specific skills. Research Students are paid (£300-500) to help with the research project of a member of staff.


Many of our students are able to combine study with part-time work. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is able to help students to find and apply for local jobs in and around Durham and Stockton.

For Taught students from the UK, who are studying full time and self-financing, the University offers the opportunity to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £7,000, to cover the cost of fees.

Further Information

For all further enquiries about applying for admission and applying for the funding schemes, please contact See the University's central Postgraduate Funding pages for other ways of financing your studies.

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.

Fees and Funding

Further information relating to the fees and costs of postgraduate study and the range of funding sources available.

New postgraduate funding source

Working in partnership with an established credit union, Durham University is delighted to be able to offer UK postgraduate taught students of all ages the opportunity of applying for low cost ethical loans. Find out more about the Durham University NEFirst Postgraduate Loan Scheme.