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Welcome to the Postgraduate Module Handbook. The Postgraduate Module Handbook includes the programme frameworks for all of Durham University's postgraduate degree programmes with taught components, so that you can check:

  • which modules are compulsory on your programme
  • whether you have any optional choices
  • and if you do have optional choices, how many you have and the extent of the choice open to you.

Please note: the module and programme information here is for current modules and programmes. Modules and programmes do change year-on-year, and are amended to take account of, for example: changing staff expertise, disciplinary developments, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Programme Regulations and Frameworks

Programme regulations should be read in conjunction with the Core Regulations for Postgraduate Programmes.

To view the framework for your degree programme, use the Programme Search facility below.

Programme Search

Module Descriptions

The Postgraduate Module Handbook also contains descriptions of all the postgraduate modules offered by the University, including the content of each module and how it will be taught and assessed. To access information on individual modules, use the Module Search facility below. If you are looking for modules outside of your degree programme, you can also use the departmental module filters to access every postgraduate module offered by the University, by department. Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline.

Further Information

If you have a question about Durham's modular degree programmes, please visit our Help page. If you have a question about modular programmes that is not covered by the Help page, or a query about the on-line Postgraduate Module Handbook, please contact us.

Prospective Students: If you have a query about a specific module or degree programme, please Ask Us.

Current Students: Please contact your department.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the Postgraduate Module Handbook is correct at the time of publication in August 2020. The University will use reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes and other services in accordance with the descriptions provided.

The University, however, reserves the right to make variations to programme contents, entry requirements and methods of delivery, to discontinue or merge or combine programmes, and to make variations to regulations, both before and after a student's admission to the University, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University.

Should industrial action or other circumstances beyond the control of the University occur, and this interferes with the University's ability to deliver programmes or other services in accordance with the descriptions provided, the University will use all reasonable endeavours to minimise disruption as far as it is practical to do so.

If there is any conflict or disagreement between the information in these web pages and the Regulations which are published in the University Calendar, the version in the Calendar is definitive.