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Durham University provides many options for postgraduate students to study: taught courses in specific subjects, with lectures, seminars or practical study; research degrees with expert academic supervision; or professional doctorates which combine taught modules with an extended research thesis. Most qualifications are available either full- or part-time.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

4,495 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%

Domicile

  • UK 47%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 45%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 95 700 795
Business & Management Studies 80 685 765
Accounting & Finance 40 450 490
Theology & Religious Studies 125 75 200
Law 35 155 190
English 45 145 185
Politics 50 130 180
Physics & Astronomy 150 10 155
Archaeology 65 90 150
Marketing 10 115 125
Chemistry 105 0 105
Anthropology 50 50 100
Sociology 50 45 95
Economics 30 60 90
Other 30 55 90
Geography & Environmental Science 55 30 85
Biological Sciences 80 0 80
Social Work 0 80 80
Psychology 30 50 80
Mathematics 55 25 80
General Engineering 60 0 60
History 40 20 60
Geology 55 0 55
Computer Science 30 20 50
Music 30 15 40
Classics & Ancient History 15 20 40
Philosophy 20 10 30
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 10 0 10
Civil Engineering 0 10 10
Middle Eastern & African Studies 5 5 5
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 0 5 5
French 5 0 5
German 5 0 5
Iberian Languages 5 0 5
Italian 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 6,400–14,500
Mixed 6,400–14,500
Laboratory 6,400–14,500
Clinical -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Durham Alumni can qualify for a 10% reduction in master's tuition fees costs.
  • Nearly 100 scholarships of up to £3,000 are available for students meeting the specified criteria.
  • Durham Doctoral Scheme provides support for university-funded PhD studentships.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • New postgraduate students who accept their academic offer and pay a booking fee by the specified deadline are guaranteed a single study bedroom in university managed accommodation.
  • To maximise the chances of obtaining a room in their preferred college, the university strongly recommends that students apply and pay their booking fee as early as possible.