Research Postgraduate Degrees
Research students working for MA, MPhil and PhD degrees are especially well catered for within the School, with dedicated research support workshops offered. Supervisors have generally light teaching loads enabling them to devote more time to research supervision. Research students are encouraged to feel they are part of a research community rather than working in isolation. We have excellent completion rates, and many of our former research students hold senior academic and government positions around the world. The research findings of PhD students often result in published output, either by the graduates themselves, or through joint papers written with their supervisors.
Full time students are usually required to be in Durham during University term time.
Research students have access to:
- a personal workspace in the School of Government and International Affairs,
- a small Postgraduate-only IT room in the Al Qasimi building in addition to the general use IT rooms around Durham,
- all the specialist library collections in Durham,
- English and Foreign Language tuition, as required,
- financial support for research students for printing and photocopying, as well as for conference attendance.
Why choose Durham University's School of Government & International Affairs?
The QS World University league tables rank Durham in the world's top 100 universities for the quality of, and demand for, our graduates. The subject area of Politics and International Relations at Durham is also separately ranked in the world's top 100.
Our teaching is ranked highly in all major UK University League Tables:
The School of Government & International Affairs is ranked 12th in the UK for world-leading and international excellence in research.
Durham University is ranked in the top 10 universities targeted by leading UK employers in the High Fliers Graduate Market 2017 Report