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Durham University

Department of Physics

How to apply

We strongly encourage applicants to submit applications as early as possible, although there is no formal deadline.

Please consult our entry requirements before making an application to study Postgraduate Physics.

To apply, please follow the instructions listed below:

Please complete the Durham University On-Line application form, which can be found at

1.Research section(s) of interest

Select one or more research sections from the following:

Please note that you do not need to submit more than one application, even if you are interested in more than one project or research area within Physics. Please list your chosen research section in the 'Field of Study' section.

2. Qualifications

Please indicate on the application form your current University and degree. Also please ensure that you upload all appropriate academic certificates and transcripts to your application.

Entry requirements can be found on this page:

3. References

a. provide contact details (specifically email addresses) for 2 referees who we can contact for a reference. We would prefer it if you did not upload the reference yourself, however, if you do please ensure it is on letter-headed paper with contact information to allow us to confirm it is an original.

b. ensure you UNTICK the boxes on the application form next to referee details which allows us to request a reference before an offer is made.

4. Research Proposal

We suggest you provide a short document of a few paragraphs (no longer than 1 page). This will give us an idea of your research interests.

5. CV/resume

6. English Language certificates

For anyone whose first language is not English we require an English Language Certificate (sat within 24 months of the anticipated start date of your course).

7. Funding source

Please detail on the application which funding source you are interested in or have secured, for example CSC, DDS, STFC, EPSRC.

Please note: your application cannot be considered until we have all this information.

The University application system can be slow to complete. The Admissions Department have been made aware of the issue. In the meantime, please accept our apologies.


There are no set deadlines for applications to the Postgraduate degrees in the Department of Physics, but there may be deadlines attached to certain studentships, awards or specific projects offered by the Department. Please check the relevant research section for details.

You are very welcome to approach the relevant named contact person for a discussion prior to application.

Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator Joanne Richardson

What happens to my application form?

Contact Us

Email address :

  • Telephone: (0191) 334 3745
  • International: +44 191 334 3745
Department of Physics
Durham University
Lower Mountjoy,
South Road, Durham