Student Accommodation

  • There is no guarantee that accommodation will be available but in previous years the university has been able to offer a limited number of single rooms to postgraduate students. 
  • 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.
  • Ustinov College is a specific college for postgraduate students; since a high proportion of postgraduate students are international, this college has a high international student population.

Postgraduate Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £6,900
Mixed £6,900
Laboratory £6,900
Clinical -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Durham Alumni can qualify for a 10% reduction in Masters tuition fees costs.
  • Nearly 100 scholarships of up to £3000 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.


  • Most subject areas are available at postgraduate level.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

4,547 postgraduate students in 2015–16:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 73%
  • Part Time 27%


  • UK 47%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 44%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & administrative studies 115 1265 1380
Education 130 795 930
Social studies 230 425 660
Historical & philosophical studies 270 235 505
Languages 130 215 345
Physical sciences 320 20 340
Law 55 100 150
Biological sciences 105 40 145
Mathematical sciences 55 10 70
Subjects allied to medicine 35 30 65
Engineering & technology 40 15 55
Computer science 30 25 55
Creative arts & design 25 5 30

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study: