Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom
When you join Durham University you will be studying at a Russell Group University ranked within the World top 100 Universities, with an internationally recognised reputation for research and teaching excellence. This was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework which identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject.
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Why should I study here at Durham University?

  • A world-class learning experienceDurham is the third oldest university in England; a place of international reputation with research and excellence at our core. Our academic strength is reflected in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) where 83% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent quality or world-leading.
  • Outstanding Staff At Durham, our students are taught by academic staff who are acknowledged as experts in their fields and are at the forefront of developments in their subject area. This is demonstrated not only through the research and teaching that they undertake, but also by the worldwide demand for their expertise.
  • Stunning Location Our University is situated in two distinct locations - Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees. Durham is a beautiful city located on the River Wear in the North East of England whilst Queen's Campus, situated on the banks of the River Tees, also boasts a striking waterfront setting. Both locations provide a truly inspirational environment in which to live and study.
  • Diverse Social Community At Durham you'll study with students from around the UK and more than 150 countries world wide. You'll have access to entertainment, events and support services within Durham, Stockton and the surrounding area.
  • Unique College System Durham is a collegiate university with 14 colleges in Durham City and two colleges in Stockton-on-Tees. The colleges offer a strong sense of community, provide pastoral care, support your developments and have sports, arts and social facilities. You'll find your college as a home-away-from-home.

About Durham University

Worldwide reputation

Our students are taught by internationally recognised experts, have access to excellent study facilities and extensive resources, and become active participants in the creation of knowledge through our collaborative approach to research.
We offer a range of postgraduate taught and research degrees in a broad range of subjects, covering arts & humanities, science, and social sciences. We welcome students from over 150 different countries to a postgraduate community of around 3,500, creating a vibrant, multicultural community in which our students become fully immersed.

Future career prospects:

Durham has an international reputation for excellence that will provide an outstanding platform for your future career, whatever it is that you choose to do. Durham graduates are highly sought after by regional, national and international employers who greatly value their skills and knowledge.

We recognise the importance of continued professional development for early career researchers and the Centre for Academic, Researcher and Organisational Development (CAROD) provides an extensive range of opportunities for postgraduate researchers to develop their knowledge and skills including the Durham Researcher Programme, the Durham Key Skills Award, and the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award. Successful completion of this award will programme leads to the University award and also to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

English language support
The Universitys English Language Centre supports students in the development of their academic English language and literacy skills before and during their academic programme of study. Our Pre-sessional courses are specifically designed to prepare students for the demands of their academic departments and our In-sessional programme supports students during their studies at Durham University. Pre-sessional academic English Programmes The English Language Centre offers a number of preparatory courses in academic literacy skills and language development for students whose native language is not English. These courses are designed to help students build the skills necessary for success in their chosen academic programme
As well as our academic strength, our locations provide a further reason why Durham University provides a fantastic option for postgraduate study. The University and our postgraduate student communities are situated in two distinct locations Durham City and Queens Campus, Stockton. In 2015 Durham University was ranked the 3rd safest place to study in the county, and the cost of living in North East England can be much less than elsewhere in the UK. The North East region is full of exciting things to do, with beautiful places to explore. There is so much to see, do and discover here, whether you are looking for picturesque scenery, cultural attractions or family entertainment. Durham City is located on the main East Cost railway line served by trains that travel directly to London in around 3 hours. Cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Birmingham can also be accessed directly by train. Newcastle Airport is located 25 miles from Durham City and provides direct flights to a wide range of destinations.
Durham is a collegiate University and students become members of one of our 16 colleges. All teaching is delivered within academic departments, but our college communities are at the heart of our distinctive student experience, providing accommodation and catering options. They also offer opportunities for intellectual and personal development through a wide range of extracurricular activities. All full-time students can choose whether they would like to live in college accommodation or elsewhere, and around one-third of postgraduate students live in college. Each college offers a diverse, interdisciplinary community of academics, students and staff from different backgrounds and cultures. We offer a guarantee of a single study room in University-managed accommodation to full-time postgraduate students who apply in good time and meet the criteria. If you are planning to stay at Durham University with your family Ustinov College provides limited numbers of couple and family accommodation.


As a Russell Group research intensive University, Durham students become fully immersed in the world-class research culture. Modules studied by taught students are developed as a result of the world-leading research being undertaken across the University, and research students work in collaboration with academics to push forward the boundaries of their subject. Durham University provides the perfect place where students at every stage of their career will find a supportive environment to develop themselves and their ideas.


Facilities and support arrangements

When you join Durham University you will find the facilities and support you need to complement and enhance your studies. Our libraries offer an excellent range of resources and study spaces to support postgraduate study and research. Postgraduate Research Study Spaces have been established in our main libraries and some colleges and departments have their own dedicated library or study facilities.

Durham University is fully committed to providing a range of welfare support services to support postgraduate students, both before and during your studies. These include health, disability support, childcare and faith provision, providing the opportunity for individuals to maintain their faith and beliefs.

Support for international students

We recognise that coming to study in the UK can be challenging for international students. Our dedicated team of Immigration Advisers can offer visa and immigration advice before and during your studies.

We also offer our new international students a warm welcome through our Meet and Greet service and comprehensive Induction programme, which includes a range of information and social events to help you meet other students and become accustomed to life at Durham University.

Fees, funding and costs

We believe in helping you to make the very best of the opportunities we offer, and we understand that to do this you need a full understanding of the costs involved in studying at Durham University and what financial assistance is available.

Durham University is delighted to offer a wide range of full and partial funding opportunities to outstanding applicants wishing to study towards Masters and doctoral degrees.

Student life at Durham University

Durham University is home to students from over 150 different countries, creating a truly international place to study. However Durham is not just a great place to further your studies, it is a great place to be a student. We understand that postgraduate study is demanding, but our thriving student community ensures that you are offered an excellent student lifestyle with access to entertainment, sport and student focussed events that will complement your time studying.

Wherever your interests lie, at Durham you will have the opportunity to pursue your passions and discover new ones!

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Master's Programmes at Durham University

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department of Music

Department of Chemistry

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Durham University!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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