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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.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

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.