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School of Applied Social Sciences

Applications and funding

Many students fund their studies privately but there are opportunities for financial support for UK and EU students through the ESRC studentships available via the University's Doctoral Training Centre and for UK and overseas students through the Durham Doctoral Studentship Scheme. There are other sources of funding which are described on the University's web pages.

Admissions decisions are based on your suitability for postgraduate research and the School's ability to supervise your proposed topic. Our minimum entry requirement for Postgraduate Research is normally an upper second class honours degree.

Prospective students should consider staff research interests and we encourage you to make contact with appropriate members of staff to discuss your research plans before making a formal application. If you have any questions about the suitability of your topic, or any other matter, please contact Fiona Bonar, our research secretary (

Please apply to study for a Postgraduate Research Degree through our online application process.

You will need to provide the following documentation: i) Current CV; ii) a research proposal, which is no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography); iii) two references; and iv) transcripts of your previous degree(s).

Applicants should also be aware of the Schools English Language requirements and be prepared to provide evidence where necessary.

Applicants for NEDTC Funding for 2016/17 Entry must complete an online application form, you will also need to provide the following documentation to your prospective Department/School:

  1. Current CV;
  2. A research project proposal, which is no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography);
  3. Two references (in full, not just contact details);
  4. Transcripts of your previous degree(s).

If you have already submitted your online application form, but did not include that you want to be considered for a studentship, please contact your prospective Department/School to inform them that you wish to be considered for an NEDTC studentship and for information about how to submit your additional documentation.

The deadline for submitting your application and supporting documentation for NEDTC's 2016/17 studentship competition is 5:00pm on Monday 1 February 2016.