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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

4,720 postgraduate students in 2016–17

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 115 740 855
Business & Management Studies 90 665 750
Accounting & Finance 50 605 655
Politics 55 145 200
Theology & Religious Studies 130 70 200
Archaeology 70 105 175
Law 30 140 170
English 45 115 160
Physics & Astronomy 135 5 140
Social Work 0 105 105
Marketing 10 95 100
Sociology 50 50 100
Geography & Environmental Science 65 35 100
Chemistry 100 0 100
Anthropology 45 45 90
Biological Sciences 85 0 85
Mathematics 55 25 85
Economics 30 50 75
History 40 35 75
Psychology 30 40 65
Geology 55 0 55
Computer Science 30 20 50
General Engineering 50 0 50
Philosophy 25 25 50
Music 25 10 30
Classics & Ancient History 10 20 30
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 15 0 15
Middle Eastern & African Studies 5 10 10
Civil Engineering 0 10 10
French 5 0 5
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 0 5 5
Iberian Languages 5 0 5
Italian 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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 -
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 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.

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.