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Department of Psychology

How to Apply

Application Procedure

We encourage you to make informal contact with a member of the academic staff at an early stage to discuss your application. If you would like to visit the department before you apply please let us know.

University Application forms can be filled in online by following this link. Please make sure you complete all relevant sections. In addition to the University application form the department will require the following supporting documentation:

  • Departmental Application Form (Taught or Research)
  • Two Reference Forms completed by your referees (Taught or Research)
  • Degree Certificate or Transcript of Marks to date (copies will be accepted)
  • CV

Please note that applications for taught programmes must use the 'Taught' application and reference forms and applications for research programmes must use the 'Research' application and reference forms.

WIth the exception of the University Application Form all supporting documentation must be received either by email to or in hardcopy to the postal address below.

Postgraduate Co-ordinator
Department of Psychology
Durham University
Science Site
South Road
United Kingdom

If you have any queries regarding your application please contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinator:

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 3273

Personal Statement/Proposed Area of Research

In the final section of the online application form applicants to all postgraduate degrees should give details of relevant background experience or training and reasons for applying for the programme.

When you apply to study for a degree by research you will be asked to submit an outline research proposal. It is strongly advised that you approach a potential supervisor before completing this, in order to ensure that they are willing and able to supervise your studies, and that your proposed research is a suitable fit with their research interests. Please describe your proposed research. If possible you should include the questions or hypotheses to be addressed, the background to the proposed study, the methods to be used and a brief timetable covering the field of study. The proposal should be 1000-1500 words, not including references.

It is advisable to develop your proposal in consultation with a potential supervisor. Staff interests and staff profiles are available on the Staff pages.


Postgraduate study