Research programmes (full-time/part-time)
The table below provides a list of our research qualifications, you can study 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.
|12/24 months||24/48 months||36/72 months|
Applied Social Sciences (SASS)
|Biological & Biomedical Sciences||MSc||MPhil||PhD|
|Classics & Ancient History||MA||MPhil||PhD|
Durham University Business School
|MA, MSc||PhD, DBA|
|Durham Law School||MJur||MPhil||PhD|
|Engineering & Computing Sciences||MSc||MPhil||PhD|
Government & International Affairs
|Medicine, Pharmacy & Health||MSc||MPhil, MD*||PhD|
Modern Languages & Cultures (MLAC)
|Theology & Religion||MA||MLitt||PhD, DThM|
*MD is available full-time only
All research students will have the opportunity to develop their research and transferable skills through the Research Training Programmes offered by their academic department and the Graduate School.
Postgraduate Research Degrees at Durham University
A short film showcasing postgraduate research degrees at Durham University
"It’s incredible to be working at an institution like this, alongside such fantastic scientists. The supervision here is outstanding and you are made to feel more like a colleague or collaborator than a supervisee. You are not only given first-class academic support,
but you are helped to grow as a person, developing the skills you’ll need to succeed in the future."
Kate Madden, PhD in Chemistry.