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School of Applied Social Sciences

Applications and funding

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. Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of English Language competency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with no element less than 6.0.

Prospective students should therefore look through 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. Staff research interests can be found under the staff lists for each subject area. Sociology (includes Criminology); Social Work, Community and Youth Work, Sport. If you have any questions about the suitability of your topic, or any other matter, please contact Fiona Bonar, our research secretary on sass.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk or Helen Charnley, Director of Postgraduate Research.

Applications can be made through the Graduate School website. Please ensure you include a 3-4 page outline of your proposed research covering:

  • the aims and objectives;
  • the rationale for your study (why it is important, including references to relevant literature);
  • a brief description of the methodology and research methods to be used;
  • data to be collected and approach to analysis (if relevant).

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 postgraduate web pages.

Further information about being a research student at Durham, the application process and funding opportunities can be found on the Graduate School web page. All applications must be submitted to the Graduate School.

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 postgraduate web pages.

Further information about being a research student at Durham, the application process and funding opportunities can be found on the Graduate School web page. All applications must be submitted to the Graduate School.

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