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Durham University

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

How to Apply

Admissions decisions are based on your suitability for postgraduate research and the Department's ability to supervise your proposed topic. Our minimum entry requirement for Postgraduate Research is normally an upper second class honours degree although evidence of research skills and/or experience is useful.

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 our Assistant Manager (Teaching and Learning)

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 letters of reference; and iv) transcripts of your previous degree(s). You must complete the online application form but you can choose to either upload your supporting documents or email them directly to

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

If you wish your application to be considered for one of the Universities studentship schemes you should give particular attention to the specific requirements of the competition and ensure you also indicate the scheme on the application form.

Visiting Research Student applications are welcome following direct contact and agreement with suitable academic staff whom should be named on the application. Visiting students must submit an application as above and meet our standard entrance requirements as well as providing supporting evidence in relation to the benefits to be gained from the visit. Visiting student applicants should be aware of Visa requirements and any applicable fees.