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North American Postgraduate Guide

When you join Durham University you will be joining a world top 100 University where our postgraduate students are fully immersed in the world-class research culture.

As well as two top ranked subjects (English & Music), Durham ranks in the top 10 for 31 out of 33 subjects offered. (Complete University Guide 2019)

TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES Postgraduate taught courses can improve your career prospects or act as a foundation for undertaking further study at research degree level. The postgraduate taught route is ideal for students who want a structured framework for their studies. Most taught degrees are one-year Masters programmes delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Our programmes blend core and optional modules in specialist subject areas with a substantial dissertation or research project.

Durham University delivers world-leading research in every Durham University subject (Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014).

A typical taught structure consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials in Michelmas term and Epiphany term with your research dissertation or project in the Easter term. RESEARCH PROGRAMMES Durham University is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities and we offer a wide range of research degrees. As a research student at Durham, you will have a supervisory team comprising of at least two members of academic staff. Their roles are to help and support you to undertake your research project and to complete your degree on time. The University ensures that your supervisory team has appropriate expertise in your area of study, and we have extensive training and mentoring programmes to support them to deliver high-quality supervision.

Academic year 2019 – 2020

You can study for one, two or three years (full-time) towards a range of research qualifications including; • Master of Arts (MA)

• Master of Music (MMus)

• Master of Education (MEd)

• Master of Professional Practice (MProf)

• Master of Science (Msc)

• Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

• Master of Letters (MLitt)

• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

• Master of Juriprudence (MJur)

• Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Induction Week

30 Sept – 06 Oct

Michaelmas Term

07 Oct – 13 Dec

Christmas Vacation

14 Dec – 12 Jan

Epiphany Term

13 Jan – 20 Mar

Easter Vacation

21 Mar – 26 Apr

Easter Term

27 Apr – 26 June

Summer Vacation

27 June – 27 Sept


US Grading Scheme

Canadian Grading Scheme



70.00 – 100.00


Class I (‘First’)

3.8 – 4.0 summa cum laude

85+ A - A+

60.00 – 69.99


Class II, Division i (‘2:1’)

3.3 – 3.7 magna cum laude

77 – 84 B+ - A-

50.00 – 59.99


Class II, Division ii (‘2:2’)

2.8 – 3.2 cum laude

67 – 76 C+ - B

40.00 – 49.99


Class III (‘Third’)

2.3 – 2.7

60 - 66

0.00 – 39.99






Profile for Durham University

North American Graduate Guide 2019 Entry  

North American Graduate Guide 2019 Entry