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School of Government & International Affairs

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.

Students on full time study are required to be in Durham during the University terms.  

Postgraduate students have access to a small IT room in the Al Qasimi building and all the specialist library collections in Durham. Language tuition is available as required. The School provides financial support for research students for printing and photocopying, as well as for conference attendance.

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.

ESRC Studentships 2012/13

Click here for further information about ESRC-funded postgraduate studentships available at Durham University via the North East Doctoral Training Centre.