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Pre-Sessional Academic English Courses

Our Pre-sessional courses are open to students who hold an offer for a Durham University degree programme. The courses are suitable for both those who have narrowly missed their language condition and those with unconditional offers for their main programme. The courses are designed to help you develop the academic language and literacy skills you will need to succeed in your academic department.


The pre-sessional courses are offered at undergraduate (UG), postgraduate taught (PGT), and postgraduate research (PhD) level. The courses are 20, 10 or 6 weeks long, and the length of course you should take depends on your current language score and your department’s language requirements.

To see more details of dates and costs of the courses, click 'Apply Now'.