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Taught Masters

Our MA courses are intended to challenge students of the highest calibre, while providing specific and direct training in disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices, theories, approaches and methodologies. Our taught programmes are conducted with an emphasis on interdisciplinary engagement, offering opportunities for supported independent study.  

Our exceptional Masters degrees are also designed to offer choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise. Many students who complete our Taught MA programmes stay with us for PhD ResearchThroughout each degree you will enhance your professional and transferable skills, preparing you for many kinds of public and private sector careers.  

Previous students have gone on to work in a variety of fields, including: museums, archives and historical organisations, publishing, editing, education, banking, finance and the civil service.  

Our departments offer a diverse mix of research expertiseYou will be encouraged to be intellectually ambitious and gain a greater understanding of the relationship between your own specialist field and the broader disciplines within the Faculty 

Alongside our Departmental MA taught courses, the Faculty offers six outstanding interdisciplinary courses linked to creativity, culture and heritage, digital humanities, environmental and medical humanities and medieval and early modern studies:

MAs in Medical Humanities

MA in Environmental Humanities

MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies 

MDS in Data Science (Digital Humanities) 

MA in Visual Culture

MA in International Cultural Heritage Management  

Graduate Diplomas

The Department of Philosophy and the Department of Theology & Religion also offer Graduate Diplomas for applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline. This is a good opportunity for students who want to gain knowledge of a new discipline at a level that would permit them to undertake further study at Masters level. 

Find out more about Postgraduate Taught Courses at Durham.