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Department of History

How to Apply

“Durham history department is one of the best in the country, and the university is one of the best in the world. The course sounded interesting too, so it was an easy choice to make.”

Michael, MA student

Entry Requirements

Taught degrees: the requirements for entry into the programme are a good 2.1 or GPA of 3.5, or equivalent. A first degree in History or a related subject is required.

Research degrees: for doctoral research we would normally require a good performance at Master's level or equivalent. As entrance requirements for other research degrees vary, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary.

Application Procedures

The application process is straightforward: please do make contact with the History Department. You then need to fill in the online application form. If you are unable to use the on-line form, please contact the Graduate School for advice.

You will be asked for the following information:

  • personal details
  • academic qualifications and career to date
  • an outline of your research interests (for taught courses, this should include the optional modules which most appeal to you, and, if possible, the broad area in which your dissertation might fall)
  • the names and addresses of two academic referees
  • your chosen College


Two academic references are required which should be from people who know your work well. To enable us to make a swift decision on your application you should ask your referees to write directly to the Department of History.

 Alongside your application, the Department would also wish to see a sample of written work and your academic transcripts. You can upload your supporting documents to the online application form or send them to the Department.


The department will consider applications throughout the academic year. The deadline for funding falls in February – earlier application are encouraged in this case. If you wish to apply for funding, you should indicate this when prompted to in the online application process.

If you wish to read for any full-time programme you must become a member of one of our Colleges or Societies as well as being accepted by a department. You can indicate preferences on your application, and the Graduate School will make every effort to arrange membership. You need not join a College or Society if you wish to register for a part-time degree.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


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