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Durham University


Fees and funding

We believe in helping you to make the very best of the opportunities we offer, and we understand that to do this you need a full understanding of the costs involved in studying at Durham University and what financial assistance is available.

You will be charged an annual tuition fee for each year of supervised study, and doctoral students will also be charged a continuation fee if they have not submitted their thesis three months after the end of supervised study. Your tuition fee will differ depending on the programme you study and whether you are a home or overseas fee-paying student, and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

  • For taught postgraduate course costs, please see the relevant entry in the course search.
  • Costs for postgraduate research courses can be found here.

If you began your studies earlier, separate fee structures apply.

As well as your tuition fees, you will also need to meet your day-to-day living and course costs whilst you study with us. Your living costs will depend on your personal circumstances, but the majority of students will need to pay for accommodation and related costs, food and other household shopping (toiletries, washing powder etc.), utilities, essential clothing, travel, study-related costs and leisure.

You should work out how much you will need to spend on your living costs before you start your course. Many postgraduate students live in College accommodation and you can find information on the cost of living in College accommodation here.

The Accommodation Office can provide information on the cost of private rented accommodation and assist students in looking for accommodation. The Durham Students' Union Advice Centre can check contracts on your behalf and assist if you are having any issues.

Find out more about the range of funding sources available for postgraduate study at Durham University on our dedicated webpages.

Alumni Fee Scholarships

The Alumni Fee Scholarship 2021-22 is available to Durham graduates across all Durham postgraduate taught Masters, LLM, MBA and PGCE programmes.

Find out more