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Postgraduate Taught Pre-sessional courses:

Course Online Induction Starts Course Start Date Course End Date Cost (GBP) Request PS be added to offer before Apply for PS in applicant portal before:
Online 20 Week (All)* Online 20 Week (All)* 4 April 2022 26 August 2022 10812.00 7 March 2022 14 March 2022
Online 10 Week Postgraduate 13 June 2022 20 June 2022 26 August 2022 5406.00 23 May 2022 30 May 2022
On-Campus 10 Week Postgraduate N/A 11 July 2022 16 September 2022 5406.00 23 May 2022 30 May 2022
Online 6 Week Postgraduate 11 July 2022 18 July 2022 26 August 2022 3243.60 20 June 2022 27 June 2022
On-Campus 6 Week Postgraduate N/A 8 August 2022 16 September 2022 3243.60 10 June 2022 15 June 2022

Undergraduate Pre-sessional courses:

Course Online Induction Starts Course Start Date Course End Date Cost (GBP) Request PS before: Apply for PS before:
Online 20 Week (All)* 28 March 2022 4 April 2022 26 August 2022 10812.00 7 March 2022 14 March 2022
Online 10 Week Undergraduate 13 June 2022 20 June 2022 26 August 2022 5406.00 23 May 2022 30 May 2022
On-Campus 10 Week Undergraduate N/A 11 July 2022 16 September 2022 5406.00 13 June 2022 20 June 2022
On-Campus 6 Week Undergraduate N/A 8 August 2022 16 September 2022 3243.60 11 July 2022 18 July 2022

Postgraduate Research- 'Pathway to PhD' courses:

Course Online Induction Starts Course Start Date Course End Date Cost (GBP) Apply Before
Online 20 Week (All)*‡ 28 March 2022 4 April 2022 26 August 2022 10812.00 14 March 2022
10 Week Pathway to PhD 13 June 2022 20 June 2022 26 August 2022 5406.00 23 May 2022

The 20 week Pathway to PhD student will join the mixed cohort of 20 week pre-sessional students for the first 10 weeks of the programme, before transferring onto the dedicated Pahtway to PhD programme for the last 10 weeks of their studies.

* 20 week students have a one-week break between the first 10 weeks of their course and the second 10 weeks. This allows the administration to make sure students are moved onto the most relevant curriculum for their final 10 weeks (usually involving a new class and tutor). During this week students will typically be expected to do some minimal induction activity as part of joining their new class, but it is primarily intended as a short vacation. All 20 week students, regardless of level, will remain as Online students for the full duration.

Application process

Undergraduate students:

If you would like to take a pre-sessional course in order to meet your language condition, you should contact the admissions enquiry team (with your language certificate) to see if you are eligible for a pre-sessional course - get in touch here.

Postgraduate students (including PhD):

If you are eligible to take a Pre-sessional course, this condition should be added automatically to your Durham University offer once it has been issued. You can then choose whether you wish to attend the Pre-sessional course or re-take a language test instead, as a way to meet your language condition.

You can do this by selecting the pre-sessional option from the drop-down menu next to your offer on your applicant portal dashboard.

If you have not had a Pre-sessional condition added to your offer, and think you should have, please contact us via your applicant portal to see if it can be added- it may be that you need to provide more (or different) evidence of your current language ability, or we may need to contact your academic department.

If you have already met your language condition, but wish to take Pre-sessional for the boost in skills and experience, you can contact us via your applicant portal or our enquiry form to request this be added.

The Durham University Pre-sessional Courses are accredited by BALEAP