Research course


Durham University · Department of History
PhDMLitt by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

Normally a good 2:1 in an undergraduate History degree, and work at or near distinction level in MA programmes.

Months of entry


Course content

Lively group of postgraduates with own quarters in the department. Ready access to good reference collections, microfilm readers and computing facilities. Graduate seminar, staff/graduate research seminar, interdisciplinary seminars. Centre for 17th-century Studies. Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. North East England History Institute.

The PhD is assessed by a written thesis of up to 100,000 words. The MLitt is assessed by a written thesis of up to 70,000 words and upgraded progression to PhD is possible upon completion. The MA by Thesis is assessed by a written thesis of up to 50,000 words. Again, progression to PhD is possible.

Department specialisms

Anglo-Saxon; Medieval Political and Military, Economic/Social, Ecclesiastical; Early Modern Social/Political, Legal; Modern Political, Economic; American since 1790; Regional; Modern European; African.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 (with no element below 6.5) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

AHRC; ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Awards; Durham Doctoral Studentships; Durham MA Studentships; Departmental Doctoral Fee Waivers.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months

MA by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of History
(0)191 334 1040