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Research and Scholarly Activity

University College is an exciting multidisciplinary learning community. Whilst undergraduate and postgraduate students receive formal degree teaching in their academic departments, there are plenty of formal and informal learning opportunities within the College, supported by our connections with learned institutions, research fellows and wider research networks.  

University College has around 25 Fellows and a number of Junior and Emeritus Fellows. Fellowships are awarded on merit and all Fellows have made both a significant contribution to their discipline and the College. The College regularly hosts visiting academics from around the world, often in collaboration with Institutes including the Institute for Advanced Study, Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Global Policy Institute. The College also has a range of scholarships available to support study. 

The Durham Castle Public Lecture Series is devoted to bringing high-profile speakers to Durham who can contribute to academic and public discussion on issues of global significance. The presenters have made an outstanding contribution over a sustained period of time which makes them an obvious choice for our lecture series. 

This is your chance to see, hear and learn from incredible speakers, to ask questions and think about answers. The aim is to create a vibrant atmosphere for intellectual debate on major issues. 

MA Museum and Artefact Studies Scholarship, 2023/24

The University College Durham Trust MA Museum and Artefact Studies Scholarship has been generously established in Memory of Lt-Col Angus Alexander Macfarlane-Grieve, Master of University College from 1939-1953, and funded by donations made by the College’s alumni.  The scholarship is to support a postgraduate student on a two-year part-time course in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University. 

The scholarship will be awarded to one applicant biennially and the successful candidate will have access to the College collections while undertaking their studies, research and dissertation, and may potentially support both the Curator and the wider College in its efforts to improve the College as a museum and accessible heritage site. The course is carried out part-time over a period of two years. In addition, a willingness to play a full part in the life of the University College and Department of Archaeology is expected.

Further details on the course can be found here:

The scholarship includes part-time course fees and accommodation within University College (self-catered) for each year of the two-year course.

The scholarship will be held in University College in conjunction with the department of Archaeology. 

To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a UK applicant qualifying for home fees
  • Be self-funded
  • Not already hold a Postgraduate degree
  • Hold a relevant first degree (at the equivalent of UK 2:1 or higher)
  • Meet the entry requirements for Durham University’s MA Museum and Artefact Studies
  • Demonstrate familiarity with museums or general heritage sector
  • Have a strong academic record, a flexible and collaborate approach and experience of being engaged with museums (for example volunteering)

Applications will open shortly. Informal queries can be made to Gill Rennie, via