Postgraduate Study

  • Durham University has a reputation for world-class research, with 83% of Durham’s research being assessed as internationally excellent quality or world-leading, categorised as 3* or 4*( REF 2014).
  • Durham University provides access to research-led education delivered by internationally recognised experts, in award-winning study facilities, with an extensive collection of learning resources, and a unique collegiate system offering a distinctive student experience.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 4,725 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%


  • UK 48%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 42%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & administrative studies 117 1263 1380
Education 131 797 928
Social studies 232 426 658
Historical & philosophical studies 268 236 504
Languages 130 215 345
Physical sciences 322 19 341
Law 53 99 152
Biological sciences 107 39 146
Mathematical sciences 56 12 68
Subjects allied to medicine 37 30 67
Engineering & technology 42 14 56
Computer science 29 25 54
Creative arts & design 24 5 29

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Archaeology
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Geography
  • Government and International Affairs
  • Health
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Modern European Languages and Culture
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Theology and Religion

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £6,500
Mixed £7,000
Laboratory £6,500
Clinical -

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Students

  • Durham University provides a range of support and facilities for its postgraduate students. Students have access to high-quality lecture theatres, IT, seminar rooms and subject specific facilities such as science laboratories and dedicated libraries.
  • The Centre for Academic and Researcher Development provides an extensive range of opportunities for postgraduate researchers to develop their skills while studying at Durham, including the Durham Researcher Development Programme, the Durham Key Skills Award (which gives the opportunity to gain recognition and certification of these skills), and the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award. The Doctoral Training Programme supports the professional development of all postgraduate research students, covering topics such as Research Management, Research Skills, Personal Effectiveness, and IT.
  • Durham provides additional support through the Graduate School, faculties and departments as well as the International Office, the English Language Centre, Disability Support, health, welfare and personal support and the University Nursery.
  • All postgraduates are members of a college throughout their time at Durham University, whether they live in college accommodation or elsewhere. The college system provides members with opportunities for intellectual and personal development within a supportive environment.