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World-class qualifications - study options available to you

Our 3,580 postgraduate students are a vital part of the academic community, and we pay particular attention to the distinctive contribution that our taught and research students bring to Durham. In turn, we appreciate the specific education and development needs of our postgraduates, and provide tailored support through our Graduate School, our faculties and our departments.

There are many different ways you can study at Durham. You can apply for a taught degree offering lecture or seminar courses in a specific area, undertake your own studies under expert academic supervision as part of a research degree, or register for a professional doctorate combining taught modules with an extended research thesis. Each route has its own unique features and benefits. Flexible study routes are available to fit around your life and preferred style of study, and you can study for most qualifications on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Postgraduate Taught Courses at Durham University

Postgraduate Taught Courses at Durham University

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A short film on postgraduate taught courses at Durham University

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Postgraduate taught degrees can enhance your employability, or act as a foundation for undertaking further study at research degree level. The postgraduate taught route is ideal for students who want a structured framework for their studies. Most taught degrees are one year Masters courses delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Our taught degrees blend core and optional modules in specialist subject areas, with a substantial dissertation or research project. Courses normally start at the beginning of Michaelmas term in September or October.



Research degrees (full-time/part-time)

Durham University is a research intensive university which offers a wide range of research degrees. Research students develop their own timetable of academic study under the supervision of a team of two or more academic staff. Training is provided by departments, faculties and the Graduate School, and assessment is usually by thesis which is submitted at the end of the programme. Our research qualifications can be studied for one, two or three years (full-time), or two, four or six years (part-time). As well as conventional research degrees, we also offer innovative professional doctorates, giving students the opportunity to follow a structured programme of taught modules before undertaking an extended research thesis.

When applying to study for a research degree you should consult with your academic department to check that a supervisor with expertise in your chosen subject area is available to support you.

Doctoral Training Centres

Our Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres offer excellent postgraduate training in the sciences, arts and humanities, with funded places available in many cases.

Did you know... Durham University has 25 academic departments or schools split over 3 faculties: Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Science and Health.

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