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Students are required to demonstrate some originality and discrimination in the conduct of their investigation and to show that they appreciate the relationship of their theme to a wider field of knowledge. Their thesis should include a contribution to knowledge worthy of publication, although the thesis itself need not be in a form suitable for publication.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a thesis of no more than 70,000 words in length. The thesis is read and assessed by an internal and external examiner. An oral examination is a compulsory element of the assessment for this degree and is conducted by the internal and external examiners.

Sponsorship information

The Department participates in the Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership and has an annual award of research postgraduate studentships through this programme (three for 2011-12); the department has also had periodic studentships through the Natural Environment Research Council; department research students have also been funded by the university's own Durham Doctoral Scholarships or Faculty Interdisciplinary Scholarships; contributions towards the cost of fees can be provided through the Durham Academic Scholarships scheme; the department also has access to named studentships such as the Isabel Fleck Fellowship and the Haycock Studentship; these are generally restricted to supporting research in particular periods or regions of the world; funds for travel in connection with student research projects can be provided through the Rosemary Cramp Fund and Birley Bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time October 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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