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Graduate School

Further Study

Research Degrees at Durham

Durham University is a research intensive university which offers a wide range of research degrees. These degrees are ideal for anyone 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
  • MD Doctor of Medicine - 2 years/4 years
  • MPhil Master of Philosophy - 2 years/4 years
  • MLitt Master of Letters - 2 years/4 years
  • MMus Master of Music - 2 years/4 years
  • MEd Master of Education - 2 years/4 years
  • MJur Master of Jurisprudence - 1 year/2 years
  • MSc Master of Science - 1 year/2 years
  • MA Master of Arts - 1 year/2 years
  • MProf Master of Professional Practice - 1 year/2 years

HR Excellence in Research

We are one of only 15 UK universities to gain the HR Excellence in Research award from the European Commission, showing Durham's commitment to supporting the development of our researchers.