Durham University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,,UK

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Shilpa Saxena

After Oxford and Cambridge, Durham University is described as the third oldest university in England dedicated to delivering excellence in education. Out of the world’s 3,500 business schools, Durham University Business School (DUBS) ranks in the top 1% institutions holding a triple accreditation. The elite university is also known for its high employability in terms of producing world-class business leaders.

The university has more than 4,300 staff members, out of whom 40% of the tutors are from outside the UK. Boasting over 1,50,000 alumni from more than 150 countries, the university allows its current students to connect and collaborate with its graduates. Durham’s alumni association with over 1,200 alumni raise about GBP 1,66,000 for a variety of university and college causes including the Student Opportunities Fund.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

The university offers more than 200 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate courses to its international students in the following faculties:

Durham Courses

Durham University also offers an International Foundation Year that prepares the undergraduates for a rigorous academic journey.


The university has an online research portal called Durham Research Online (DRO) that helps aspiring researchers struggling to find appropriate resources. It comprises huge data of book chapters and reports, conference papers, journal articles, and working papers on which the previous university researchers worked. DRO also has an E-Theses folder that constitutes full-text of Durham University Higher Degree theses since 1899. This portal is instrumental in searching the theses once presented by PhD, MPhil, and Masters Research students, and hence, not suited for taught programmes.

Durham Research

Global Connections

The university has worldwide partnerships and international networks to research various themes.

Durham Networks

Such links allow aspiring researchers to connect and collaborate with global institutions while contributing to various industries.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility requirements for international applicants to apply to Durham University can be defined into four categories:

  • Basic education
  • Work experience
  • Standardised exams
  • English proficiency

1. Basic Education Requirements

The minimum academic qualification required to apply for various programmes at the university is:

PhD Applicants:

  • A qualification equivalent to a UK Masters
  • At least 65% aggregate (as per UK’s grading system) in a dissertation module

MBA Applicants:

  • A master’s degree in Business and Management or Finance-related discipline from a recognised university or other institution of higher education or equivalent

MS Applicants:

  • A three, four, or five-year bachelor’s degree from an approved Indian university
  • A minimum score of 60% or 70% aggregate depending on the institution

UG Applicants:

  • Educational board of conduct: CBSE or CISCE Boards accepted. Some State Boards can be accepted on a case-to-case basis
  • Grade 12 qualification (scoring/grading details as follows):


Scoring Accepted


An average score of 90% aggregate in best of 4 academic subjects with any prerequisite subjects at 87% aggregate or higher


An average score of 87% aggregate in best of 4 academic subjects with any prerequisite subjects at 85% aggregate or higher


An average score of 85% aggregate in best of 4 academic subjects with any prerequisite subjects at 85% aggregate or higher


An average score of 84% aggregate in best of 4 academic subjects with any prerequisite subjects at 85% aggregate or higher


An average score of 83% aggregate in best of 4 academic subjects with any prerequisite subjects at 85% aggregate or higher

2. Work Experience Requirements

  • PhD applicants: Required in research projects (to be proven through theses)
  • MBA applicants: Minimum 2 years of Business and Management experience
  • MS applicants: Required in some programmes
  • UG applicants: Internships considered (not mandatory)

3. Standardised Exam Requirements

All international applicants need to provide the following exam score to qualify for a certain programme:

PhD, MBA, and MS Applicants:

  • GMAT: A minimum score of 600 for MBA
  • GRE: A minimum score of 299 (not mandatory)
  • No mandatory exam for PhD required

UG Applicants:

  • SAT: Minimum score of 1300
  • ACT: Minimum score of 29

4. English Proficiency Requirements

Since all the courses at Durham University are taught in English, international students from non-English-speaking countries need to prove their language proficiency through either of the following exam scores:

PhD and MBA Applicants:




Minimum 7.0 bands (no element below 6.5 bands)


An overall score of 70 (no element below 62)

MS and UG Applicants (either of):




Minimum 6.5 bands (no component under 6.0 bands)

TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

92 (no component under 23)

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Grade C

Cambridge Scale (CAE or CPE)

Overall 176 (minimum of 169 per component)

Cambridge O'level English Language (1119-Malaysia; 1120-Brunei; 1125 or 1126-Mauritius; 1128-Singapore and 1123-all other countries)

Grade C or above

Cambridge, Pearson, or Oxford AQA iGCSE First Language English

Grade C or above

Cambridge, Pearson, or Oxford AQA iGCSE English as a Second Language

Grade B or above

GCSE English Language

Grade C or above

Password English Language Test

A minimum score of 6.5 (no component under 6.0)

PTE Academic

An overall score of 62 (with no score less than 59 in each component)

Trinity ISE Language Tests

Level III or above (with a pass in both modules)

Note: To learn more about the specific entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact page of the intended course on the official website.

What documents are needed for the application?

International students need to provide the following set of documents at the time of application at Durham University:

  • Scanned copies of academic transcripts (original and English-translated)
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement/letter of motivation or university essays as per course requirements)
  • References/LORs (academic/professional – as per course requirements)
  • Detailed CV/resume
  • Proof of work experience (wherever applicable)
  • English proficiency test score
  • Standardised exam scores
  • Scanned copy of the biographical page of passport
  • Research proposal (300–500 words for PhD)

Note: These are general requirements for applying to Durham University and may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

The application fee for international students chargeable at the time application at Durham University varies between GBP 20–60 depending upon the programme or specialisation. Students are recommended to check the exact course page for more details.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The annual tuition fee chargeable to international students at Durham University for the academic year 2020–2021 is as follows:

Course Type

Tuition Fee* (in GBP)

Bachelor degrees

19,250 – 24,300

Master degrees

18,500 – 29,400

Graduate diploma

13,360 – 12,860

Graduate certificate

6,425 – 20,500




20,250 – 25,550

Source: Durham University

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

Durham University is committed to supporting all its national and international students irrespective of financial circumstances. This is done in the form of merit scholarships and bursaries as well as excellence and leadership awards.

Undergraduate Awards

These are funded by either the university or through its partnerships with external organisations.


International students displaying excellent academic calibre and outstanding leadership skills with potential for academic achievement during the undergraduate programme are awarded in their first year of bachelors.

Award Value:

An award of GBP 2,000 is granted to deserving international students.

When to Apply?

Students applying for Science and Mathematics degrees are automatically considered for the scholarships. They do not need to apply for the scholarships separately.

For the rest of the programmes, applicants must submit the requests by mid-January* every year.

Graduate Awards

These are mostly funded by external organisations, alumni, donations, and associations of the university.


Each scholarship has different awarding criteria as well as application deadlines. Thus, it is advisable to check for the minimum requirements and exact timelines on the university website.

Award Value:

  • Full-funded: Covers tuition fees and maintenance support
  • Partially-funded: Smaller award money and prizes

The fully-funded scholarships apply to students studying a postgraduate programme for the first time at Durham University.

Types of Graduate Awards:

Graduate students are awarded in the following ways:

  • Teaching scholarships
  • Research scholarships
  • Research studentships
  • MBA scholarships

When to Apply?

Prospective scholars need to apply for the intended scholarships at least two weeks* before the deadlines.

*Dates vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

All the successful graduate and undergraduate candidates are notified shortly after the closing of application dates.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

Durham University has a semester-based admissions calendar. Students may apply to the programmes in either of the intakes:

Durham Admission Intakes

Admission to Durham University can be done on a rolling deadlines basis. It means that international students can apply to all programmes at any time in the academic year. In other words, as soon as the admission intake window of a given course/programme is closed, its application window opens for the next intake.

Durham Admission Cycle

The sessions for the offered programmes start as follows:


Session I*

Session II*

Bachelor degrees

September – October

January – February

Master degrees

September – October



September – October



September – October

January and/or April

*Dates vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Tip: It is recommended to apply six-to-eight months in advance to have some time spare for necessary money and documents arrangements. Also, early applications allow enough time to the university for an admission decision. This also helps candidates apply for a study visa in time and arrive before the programme commencement.

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

Durham University follows the same online application process for all its national and international applicants.

Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate applicants need to follow the UCAS Application Process. Refer to:

Graduate Applicants

Graduate aspirants may directly visit the university website and apply online. Once ready with all the application material and fee, students can apply as per the following instructions:

Step 1: Visit the university’s online admission portal at studyatdurham.microsoftcrmportals.com/Account/Login/Register and register.

Durham Application Steps

Step 2: Check the email for registration.

Durham Application Steps

Step 3: Insert the invitation code sent by the university on email and press the ‘Register’ button.

Durham Application Steps

Step 4: Click on the ‘Create New Application’ button to start.

Durham Application Steps

Step 5: Choose the academic year and mode of study as ‘Full-Time’.

Durham Application Steps

Step 6: Check course details and click on ‘Apply’ button.

Step 7: The application form is divided into 11 parts. The admission committee seeks the following information from international applicants:

  1. Course details
  2. Personal details
  3. Contact details
  4. Education and qualifications
  5. Professional experience
  6. Personal statement
  7. References
  8. Funding
  9. Visa and residential
  10. Supporting documentation
  11. Declaration

Note: Each section is mandatory. If you leave any section incomplete, it will show a cross in front of that section.

Durham Application Steps

After putting in the required information and uploading the supporting documents under the dedicated section, click on ‘Save and Close’ button. Since the application is quite lengthy, in case of incomplete application in the first attempt, click on the ‘Save’ button. The application will automatically get saved to the last point of action.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

It takes up to five working days receive an admission decision for any programme applied to Durham University. Selected students are notified via email. Decisions are also posted online on the university’s admission portal.

Once the decisions are out, students need to do the following:

Step 1: Visit the online admission portal and open the home page.

Step 2: Choose ‘View Offer’ from the dropdown menu next to the application.

Step 3: Accept or decline the offer using the respective buttons at the bottom of the page.

The university recommends its applicants to remain active on the emails as well as the university website to avoid missing the latest updates.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

The university receives about six-to-seven times more application than the available seats in each class as a combination of both national and international applications. This shows that it is quite difficult to get into university.

Durham International Students Headcount

Refer to the headcounts of national and international students studying at the university based on the data of two consecutive years:


Headcount 2018–2019

Headcount 2019–2020

Total undergraduates



UK undergraduates



International undergraduates



Total graduates



UK graduates



International graduates



Source: Durham University

As per the data shared above, it can be gauged that a lesser number of international students find a place in the undergraduate programmes, while at least 50% of graduate classes are composed of international students.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

The university shared statistics on its national and international students enrolled in its full-time and part-time programmes for two consecutive years:


Headcount 2018–2019

Headcount 2019–2020

Total students



UK students



International students









Source: Durham University

This data suggests that the number of UK students is almost double than the number of international students enrolled in various programmes.

Durham Student Diversity 2018–2019

Out of the total student population of 18,707, 30% of students enrolled in the year 2018 were international.

Durham Student Diversity 2018–2019

Source: Durham University

In the same report, the university also stated that about 130 countries were represented in the staff and student bodies in the academic year 2018–2019.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

Durham University allows its international students to work while studying or during the vacation if their visas have this flexibility. Students may seek help from the university’s Careers and Enterprise Centre to look for relevant jobs.

Nature of Jobs

Works that are included as a mandatory part of an academic programme do not qualify as external jobs, which require a work permit or restricted working hours.

Prohibited Jobs

Following types of jobs cannot be taken up by any student throughout the programme duration (during an active session or on semester break/vacation):

  • Full-time permanent jobs
  • Starting up a business
  • Self-employment
  • Providing services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer

Working Hours

In general, working hours allowed to international students in the UK are maximum of 20 hours a week during an active session and full-time during vacation. However, it is recommended to check with the respective departments to identify the following:

  • Exact working hours
  • Work that qualifies as a job
  • Internships that do not qualify as jobs

Notice for Undergraduates

International undergraduate students must check their status before applying for a job during studies. This can be checked as follows:

Durham Work While Study Notice for Undergraduates

Jobs for Graduates

International graduate and research students are allowed to work on the following profiles during their study tenure:

  • Graduate assistantship
  • Teaching assistantship
  • Graduate internship
  • Industrial training

Under any case, they must not exceed the working hours as communicated by their respective departments.

Note: All international students must abide by the UK working laws and understand the requirements and clause of working abroad on their study visa.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

Sprawling across 563 acres estate, the campus of Durham University is located within North East England.

Durham Campuses

Academics and Administration:

  • 26 Departments or Schools
  • 17 Colleges

Campus Attractions:

  • UNESCO world heritage site: Incorporating the Palace Green, Castle, and Cathedral
  • Over 300 astounding separate buildings
  • Iconic Botanic Gardens experiencing thousands of visitors every year

Student Engagement:

  • Over 14,000 annual hours of volunteering activities
  • More than 700 students involved in volunteering activities
  • Over 250 student communities, groups, and societies

Sports Highlights:

  • 85% of total students involved in sports activities
  • More than 600 sports teams
  • Over 20 sports played

Transforming more than 18,000 students into all-round professionals, Durham University offers remarkable communities that help students to connect with recent graduates and alumni.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

Yes, on-campus accommodation is available at Durham University for both national and international students. More than 50% of international studentsprefer living on the campus to get better access to resources.

Students with Special Needs

Differently-abled students are offered accommodations with adequate provisions within the campus.

Housing Locations

On-campus housing is offered in both the location of the university in both fully-catered and self-catered facilities.

Durham Accommodation

Living Cost 2021

Refer to the table below to get an idea of the expected living costs and related expenses:

Rent and Supplies

Cost* (in GBP)

On-campus accommodation without bills

60 – 100 per week

On-campus accommodation including bills

100 – 110 per week

Off-campus – Stockton/Thornaby including bills

50 – 90 per week


30 per week

Phone and utilities

120 – 600 per year


250 per year

Clothes and toiletries

700 per year


1,500 per year

Source: Durham University

*Cost is subject to change with progressive years. We recommend students to check the latest cost on the university website.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

International students may reach the office at:

Address: Durham DH1, United Kingdom

Website: www.dur.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 6328

Email: international.office@durham.ac.uk

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