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Department of Psychology

International Students

The Psychology Department is keen to accept applications from overseas students to enhance the growing diversity of our student body. The majority of our recent overseas students have come from Asia, Europe, and the North and South American subcontinents.

The members of staff in Psychology themselves represent diverse international backgrounds, and have worked all around the world. We aim to be sensitive to the needs of our international postgraduate students and believe the college system at Durham provides excellent support for those who are pursuing their studies a long way from home. We also provide the services of a postgraduate International Tutor to advise overseas postgraduates on academic and pastoral matters.

Besides doing a 3 year PhD project with us, we are keen to encourage international students to apply for our 1-year taught postgraduate programmes which would allow prospective research students the time and opportunity to work on fellowship applications with academic members of staff in Durham. For further information click here [AE1]

Some overseas students may find they are eligible to apply for Chevening awards to fund a taught postgraduate programme: see Students from the USA may be eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship. Further details can be found here

International students are also eligible to apply for the Durham Doctoral Studentship. We also offer departmental sudentships (see our FUNDING section).

Language Proficiency

English language: We welcome applications from overseas applicants, including those who do not speak English as a first language. Because our teaching is in English you will need to be proficient in both written and spoken English and provide evidence of this with an overall band score of at least 7 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5). The relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.

The Language Centre offers a range of English Language Training options including summer courses. Your offer of a place on a course can be made conditional on passing a Durham University Summer Language course if you do not have the required English Test scores.


International students

If you're an international student looking to study at Durham University, please take a look at our international web pages, where you can find information specific to your country.