Durham University is committed to recruiting the most able and talented postgraduate students from across the world. It seeks to achieve this by identifying merit and potential and ensuring that its admissions process is open, fair and transparent for all, regardless of background. Here you will find further guidance on postgraduate study at Durham University and how to apply.
For more information about our Postgraduate Taught courses and entry requirements, click here.
Durham University welcomes applications from students all over the world and country-specific entry requirements are listed on our website.
Your tuition fee will differ depending on the programme you study and whether you are a home or overseas fee-paying student, and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.
As a publicly funded university, Durham University charges variable tuition fees in accordance with the regulations for Higher Education Institutions in England as set out by the UK government. The University has a legal obligation to ensure that any student eligible for home fees is charged at the correct rate. All fee status assessments for applicants to, and students within, the University are assessed by the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office- using the regulations, associated case law and guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Download the Postgraduate Prospectus here.
If you are thinking about applying to Durham University, a great way to explore the wealth of opportunities on offer is to come and visit us.
Still got a question? Visit our Postgraduate FAQ page
Our portal also has a handy frequently asked questions page where you can search for the answer to your question.
Durham is a truly world-class university with a long history of welcoming students and academics from all over the globe. Our many collaborative partnerships with international universities allow us to share knowledge and promote inter-cultural learning, ensuring that our graduates are in high demand on the global stage.
Improving your English for Academic Study
The English Language Centre at Durham University, specialises in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and through our Summer Pre-sessional and Year-round Pre-sessional programmes we prepare hundreds of international students for life in their academic departments. Our EAP provision also includes Academic Language and Communication courses which provide academic language and literacy support to international students throughout their studies. Through our Academic Writing Unit we offer tailored academic literacy and study skills support to students (home and international) in departments around the University.
English Language Qualifications
For more information on Durham University minimum levels for English Language Entry and Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests, please click here.
Visas, CAS and Immigration
To apply for a new Tier 4 Student visa, you must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by Durham University. The CAS is a unique reference number which confirms that the University has agreed to be your Tier 4 Sponsor and provides information about you and your study to UK Visas Immigration (UKVI) as part of your visa application. For more information on this, please click here.
Get an International Prospectus
Get your international prospectus here! Your complete guide to being an international student at Durham University.
Colleges and Accommodation
Colleges and Wider Student Experience
Durham is proudly a collegiate University. As a Durham student, you become a member of a college, somewhere that is so much more than just the place where you will live. In each of our colleges, you will find a sense of community that is distinctive to Durham. For more information our our colleges, please click here.
Colleges in focus: far more than just a place to stay
All University accommodation is based in one of our colleges and every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether you live in college or elsewhere. Our colleges offer a vibrant, supportive community full of opportunities for you to gain new experiences, develop skills to achieve more in your future life and most importantly, have fun while you're at it!
Our 16 colleges offer excellent fully-catered, part-catered and self-catering options. As well as accommodation and food (in the catered colleges), the cost of college accommodation covers utilities (including a cleaning service) and a very wide range of facilities. Find out more here.
Offer Information Booklet
This offer information booklet is intended to provide useful information in helping you prepare for your arrival in Durham. The information this booklet contains is very important and lets you know more details about your offer to study at Durham, so please read it carefully and keep it safe. You should read this booklet alongside your formal offer letter, as it sets out the next steps in the admissions process and will advise you on what action you may need to take next.
Life as a Durham Student
As a Durham student you'll find a wide support network available to you while studying at the University we are committed to providing a safe environment in which our students can live and study.
Durham has something to offer for everyone. At Britain's number one team sport university, you have the opportunity to engage in sport at the highest level alongside your studies. The elite athletes performance programme for example provides tailored support to help those with serious ambitions realise their true potential.Durham's unique collegiate structure, offers opportunities for students to participate in 18 sports across 700 different teams, on a weekly basis, making it the largest intra-mural sports programme in Britain. This not only helps to keep you active and healthy, it provides social opportunities and a sense of belonging that can be particularly important in the early days when you are settling in at University.
Students have endless opportunities to get involved with volunteering activities both within their colleges and at a wider University level.
There are so many opportunities to engage with and enjoy all kinds of music as a student at Durham University. The University boasts a year-round musical programme, catering for every taste, with concerts organised and performed by students. As you might expect, the sheer wealth of musical talent at the University means there is something for everyone - from Chamber Choir to Light Opera, Big Band to Orchestra, Rock to the DJing Society. Many of our colleges have their own choirs, bands, orchestras and music societies.
Durham has one of the most exciting student theatre scenes in the country, with over 80 productions annually and 26 active theatre companies. Our main organisation for theatre is Durham Student Theatre (DST). DST is brimming with creative, like-minded individuals who come together to perform a diverse range of shows.