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Postgraduate Research

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.

Available full-time/part-time

12/24 months 24/48 months 36/72 months


MA, MSc MPhil PhD

Applied Social Sciences (SASS)
(Community & Youth Work, Criminology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology & Sport)

MA, MProf MPhil PhD
Archaeology MA, MSc MPhil PhD
Biological & Biomedical Sciences MSc MPhil PhD
Chemistry MSc MLitt PhD
Classics & Ancient History MA MPhil PhD

Durham University Business School
(Economics, Finance and Business)

Durham Law School MJur MPhil PhD
Earth Sciences MSc MPhil PhD
Education MA MEd PhD, EdD
Engineering & Computing Sciences MSc MPhil PhD
English Studies MA MLitt PhD
Geography MA, MSc PhD

Government & International Affairs
(Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Politics)

MA MPhil PhD
History MA MLitt PhD
Mathematical Sciences MSc PhD

Modern Languages & Cultures (MLAC)
(Arabic, European Languages, Photographic Image & Translation Studies)

MA MLitt PhD
Music MA MMus PhD
Philosophy MA MLitt PhD
Physics MSc MPhil PhD
Psychology MSc MPhil PhD
Theology & Religion MA MLitt PhD, DThM

*MD is available full-time only

Research training

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

Postgraduate Research Degrees at Durham University

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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.