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Postgraduate Funding 

PhD Funding 

There are several different sources of funding available to outstanding PhD applicants: 

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Northern Bridge

This AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership offers over 50 scholarships per year across a range of subjects in seven universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Queen’s Belfast, Sunderland, Teesside and Ulster). The award covers tuition fees, a maintenance grant for living expenses, training opportunities, research support and placements. 

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A centre of excellence for postgraduate social science scholarship, the ESRC NINE DTP (Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership) works with employers to ensure that doctoral training and research provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in real world settings. This Partnership is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. 


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Chinese Scholarships Council

The scholarships are open to applicants from Mainland China wishing to study for a PhD at Durham.

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Durham University Pro:NE Studentship 

This is an open call for full time Doctoral Research Studentship applications for UK-HOME candidates from racially minoritised ethnic backgrounds. One PhD studentship is on offer at Durham University under the Office for Students: Postgraduate Research Opportunities for the Northeast/Network for Equity (pro:NE) for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 

Deadline for applications: 28th April 2023 - start of PhD in October 2023

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MA Funding 

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Alumni discount

Durham alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition fees for taught MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 

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 Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships. These are means-tested scholarships for MA study across the university. 



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Classics and Ancient History

Our degrees offer both academic rigour and an outstanding student experience with a diverse and exciting intellectual community.
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English Studies

One of the few university English departments in the world who teach and research in literature from the early medieval period to the present day.
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Staff and students are part of a vibrant learning community, set within the magnificent location of Durham's World Heritage Site.
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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts gives you the opportunity to design your own degree. You can study two, three, or four subjects, in and beyond the Arts and Humanities.
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Modern Languages and Cultures

Our Department consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study.
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We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching to help our students achieve their full potential as creative musicians and scholars.
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For us, philosophy is a joint enterprise, a subject that one makes progress in through conversation, collaboration, and community.
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Theology and Religion

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham was founded in 1832 and has established an international reputation.
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