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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.

For international students whose first language is not English: we require IELTS of 7.0 (with no element under 6.5) or equivalent.

Application Procedures

The application process is straightforward and requires you to complete the online application form. (If you are unable to use the on-line form, please contact the Graduate School for advice.) We do recommend that you contact the History Department before making your application, particularly for research degrees, so that you can discuss your proposed project with a potential supervisor.

For all programmes

The online application form asks you for:

  • personal details
  • information about your 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

Please also upload a sample of written work (up to 2500 words for MA programmes, up to 5000 words for the PhD programme) your C.V. and your academic transcripts, or if you have difficulties with this, you may email them to us as attachments.

In order to assess your application we need to see two references which should be from academics who know your university work well. To enable us to make a swift decision on your application you should ask your referees to email their references directly to the Department of History. If you are applying from an unconventional background (e.g. after some years away from university) please contact us to ask about alternative possibilities for referees.

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.

For taught MA programmes

Please include a statement of up to 300 words setting out your academic interest in History at MA level. You may talk about how you hope to develop existing or new interests in history through our MA programme. You can upload this as part of the application form, or if you have difficulties with this, you may email it to us as an attachment.

For Research MA Programmes

Please provide a 500-word outline of your intended research, concentrating on the research problem you will address, the research context in which it is located, and the methods, critical approaches, and sources you will use. You can upload this as part of the application form, or if you have difficulties with this, you may email it to us as an attachment.

For PhD programmes

Please provide a 750-word outline of your intended research, concentrating on the research problem you will address, the research context in which it is located, and the methods, critical approaches, and sources you will use. You can upload this as part of the application form, or if you have difficulties with this, you may email it to us as an attachment.

For advice on writing your research proposal and what it should contain, please see our guidelines.

Deadlines

The department will consider applications for places on postgraduate programmes throughout the academic year, and there is no formal deadline for applying for a place. There are some studentships and bursaries available to fund or to contribute to the costs of postgraduate study, and if you wish to be considered for these, you must make sure that you apply by the relevant deadlines - usually in January or February (see Funding and Fees for more information). Please indicate on your application form which (if any) of these schemes you wish to be considered for.