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Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #78 (QS) Durham, United Kingdom
This route to a Research PhD at Durham University Business School (DUBS)Durham University is for applicants who normally already hold a Masters qualification (or international equivalent) with a significant research element. This usually means that your degree will have included a thesis or dissertation at the final stage and some taught research methods.


The Research PhD at Durham University has three-year full-time or six-year part-time options, typically with an October start but January and, in special cases, April starts are also possible.


In a typical three-year structure, year one will set the foundations of your research, year two will involve you carrying out your research, and year three will involve you completing your research and writing your thesis. You will do all this under the close guidance of your supervisors, although we would also expect you to be focused and self-disciplined, to take critical thinking to the highest level, and typically aspire to a career in management, marketing, finance, accounting, or economics research.

As you might expect, the entry requirements for the Durham PhD are rigorous so please check these carefully. Amongst them will be the submission of a good research proposal which will help us to match your proposed studies to a set of appropriate supervisors from our faculty. This is why normally only applicants with a sufficiently strong research methods background would be recommended for direct admission to the standard PhD by Research.

Our staff are highly qualified researchers and teachers, passionate about their subjects and committed to ensuring you achieve your full potential in a supportive learning environment and research community.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1 

  • Induction
  • Supervised research (literature review, initial conceptual development, research design, pilot or scoping project)
  • Research training
  • Research Seminar Series
  • Doctoral Seminar Series
Year 2
  • Induction
  • Supervised research (formal conceptual development, data collection and fieldwork, preliminary data analysis)
  • Ongoing research training based on training needs analysis
  • Doctoral Seminar Series
  • Research Seminar Series by departments
  • Opportunities to attend scholarly conferences
Year 3
  • Induction
  • Supervised research (completion of data analysis, discussion of findings and contributions, and writing your thesis)
  • Ongoing research training based on training needs analysis
  • Doctoral Seminar Series
  • Research Seminar Series by departments
  • Opportunities to attend scholarly conferences
For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

For UK students: 
  • A Masters degree, normally with a mark of at least 65% in your Masters dissertation. 
For non-UK students: 
  • A degree that is equivalent to a UK Masters. You also need to have completed and passed (at a level equivalent to at least 65%) a dissertation module. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


  • Home and EU: £2,400
  • Overseas: £10,600

Living costs for Durham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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