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Would you like a scholarship for further study?

Given the current global circumstances, are you considering options for further study, retraining, and career advancement? We can help.

We are keen to support you in realising this through the launch the Durham University Alumni Fee Scholarship. This Scholarship will contribute part of the cost of tuition fees.


20% discount for:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities, all programmes
  • MSc Management and Marketing portfolio in the Business School

10% discount for:

  • Durham MBA/DBA programmes

15% discount for:

  • All other programmes in the faculties of Social Sciences and Health, Science and Business
Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in 2021/22
Number of awards available N/A
Level of study Postgraduate
Mode of study Full-time, Part-time
Programmes All postgraduate taught Masters programmes across all faculties of the University - MA, MSc, LLM, PGCE and all MBA and other taught Masters programmes

For students who commenced their studies during or after academic year 2017/18 on a postgraduate course, they will continue to be eligible for the existing fee discount they received in previous years.

For alumni who commence a new postgraduate research programme, including MRes, they will be eligible for a 10% fee discount in academic year 2021/22 (and for subsequent years of their course).

The Scholarship is available only for students commencing their programme in 2021-22. While most postgraduate taught programmes last one-year (full-time), students whose programme lasts two years will continue to receive the Scholarship in their second year.


As long as you hold a first degree or higher degree from Durham University and apply for a course that begins within the 2021-22 academic year, you are automatically eligible for this Scholarship - you do not need to apply separately.

Those holding CHE/DHE or postgraduate/CPD credits only will unfortunately not be eligible to receive the Scholarship.

For the purposes of both schemes, alumni are defined as those who have been awarded a degree qualification by Durham University, and who studied at Durham University (i.e. not a degree conferred by the University for study at another institution). A student in receipt of government loans for study is considered self-funding. The schemes do not apply to students receiving funding for their studies.

If you receive a partial scholarship or bursary from another source, you will still be eligible for the Durham University Alumni Fee Scholarship provided that your self-funded fee contribution is greater than the value of this Scholarship.

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    As long as you hold a degree from Durham University and apply for a course that begins within the 2021-22 academic year, you are automatically eligible for this Scholarship - you do not need to apply separately.


    In the online enrolment screen, at the question 'Main sponsor contributing to Fee', please select the drop-down option 'Alumni Tuition Fee Discount'. The finance department will then allocate the discount (at the right amount, i.e. 20%, 15% or 10%, depending on which course/year of study).

  2. If you have already applied

    If you have already applied or been offered a place on a postgraduate course before you become aware of the Scholarship, you can still apply for it.


    If you send an email including your new (postgraduate) student ID number to they will consider your application. If eligible, your invoice will be amended to reflect the Scholarship.


    If you have already received a scholarship from the Business School for one of their Masters or MBA courses, please email for any clarification required.

  3. Complete a scholarship application

    A scholarship application including a personal statement of no more than 4,000 characters describing:

    • Your financial circumstances
    • How the scholarship would help you to study at Durham University
    • Why you want to study at Durham University
    Scholarship application


Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published or contained on its website is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not subsequently be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University's reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) changes in Government policy or change of law. Whilst any changes will be incorporated into the University's website any person wishing to clarify the details of a particular scholarship/s should contact the University at


Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office.

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road



Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6395