Durham University is one of the leading centres for scholarship where generations of the world's finest minds have pursued ideas and knowledge that have made a profound and lasting impact on the world. Durham University was ranked 3rd overall in the UK in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012. We're also ranked 83rd in the world in The Times Higher Education World Rankings.
We really value our postgraduate taught and research students, and Durham is home to 4,500 postgraduates, from over 150 counties, creating a rich and diverse academic community. Our teaching is directly informed by the world-class research undertaken throughout the University. Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research ensures that no matter which subject you choose to study, you will be at the cutting edge of your discipline.
Durham is small and flexible enough to develop new approaches to teaching and research ideas which transcend disciplinary boundaries. You will find that your learning experience with us allows you not only to become an expert in your chosen subject, but that in relevant disciplines we encourage you to work with colleagues across the University in order to view your subject from a multidisciplinary perspective.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The Faculty consists of seven departments and schools: the Department of Classics and Ancient History, the Department of English Studies, the Department of History, the School of Modern Language and Cultures (incorporating the Departments of Arabic, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, and Russian, together with the Centre for Foreign Language Study), the Department of Music, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Theology and Religion. It is home to a number of research centres (including the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), the English Language Centre, and Combined Honours programmes in Arts and Social Sciences.
There are over 500 postgraduate students in the Faculty, studying for an MA or a PhD. The Faculty includes almost 200 members of academic staff, who research, supervise the work of postgraduate research students, and deliver postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.
The Faculty's departments and schools continue to play a critical role in consolidating the University's international reputation. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, much of the Faculty's research was identified to be 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent', and ranked on the basis of grade point average several departments were recognised as among the very best in the UK — particularly Theology and Religion (in first place), Modern Languages and Cultures (in which German was in second place, and Spanish in fifth place), and Classics and Ancient History (in fourth place).
Research centres within the faculty
Based within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities there are several research centres. Because of the truly inter-disciplinary nature of the Durham research environment, many of these centres have connections with the other Durham faculties
For a full list of all research centres and institutes located within the Faculty, and the departments with which they are associated, please see www.durham.ac.uk/arts.humanities/research_centres
The Faculty aims to:
Durham University is based in two locations: the historic Durham City with its world renowned Castle and Cathedral, and Queen's Campus, a modern waterfront campus located 23 miles from Durham City in Stockton-on-Tees. The first thing you'll notice about the whole North East region is that there's always a lot going on. The region is a place you'll want to explore; from vibrant cities to breathtaking coastline. Wherever you are based, excellent transport links make it easy to get around.
You can find out more about the North East at www.visitnortheastengland.co.uk
For support of our postgraduate taught (Masters) and research degrees (Doctoral) the Faculty, Departments and Research Centres offer a number of funding awards. For more information see www.durham.ac.uk/arts.humanities/funding_opportunities
How to apply
Full details on how to apply for all of the postgraduate programmes offered at Durham University can be found on our website at www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply
If you are an overseas student interested in studying at one of the departments within the Faculty, follow this link for further information on how we can support you in your application www.durham.ac.uk/arts.humanities/international_students
International Office: +44 (0)191 334 6328
For further information on the postgraduate study opportunities at Durham University, you can contact us in the following ways:
Postgraduate enquiries: +44 (0)191 334 6492
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