Ph.D. On Campus

Researcher Training

Durham University

36 months
29166 GBP/year
29166 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Postgraduate study is demanding. To succeed, you need a clear understanding of your discipline and how you’d like to contribute to it. During the Researcher Training programme of Durham University you’ll require research skills, particularly research method skills, and a wider range of personal transferable skills.


About the programme

That’s why our the Researcher Training programme of Durham University is designed to get you off to a good start and will continue to support you throughout your studies.

The programme provides training intended to complement the discipline-specific training offered by the Business School. The skills you’ll acquire will not only help your research at Durham, but also enhance your employability.

The Programme is made up of a series of courses, online study and developmental opportunities throughout the year. You’ll begin with a thorough online needs assessment, with the support of your supervisor, to allow you to plan your training activities. This is reviewed as you progress through your studies to ensure you are being offered the best development opportunities to enhance your career.

Programme Structure

Workshops and courses cover:
  • Research skills and techniques
  • The research environment
  • Research management
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Networking and teamworking
  • Career management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

6 weeks prior to the start of the programme. However, we can be flexible upon taking applications after this point if there are no visa implications for travel.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

English language requirements:

  • If English is not your first language you will need IELTS 7.0 (no element below 6.5) or Pearson Test of English Overall Score 70+ (No element below 62).

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.

Research proposal of 1500-2000 words.

A 300-500 word abstract giving a summary of the Research Proposal.

Copies of certificates of degrees awarded (up to 3 may be uploaded).

Copies of transcripts of modules studied (up to 3 may be uploaded).

Two references.

Your Curriculum Vitae.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    29166 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 87500 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    29166 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 87500 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.


  • 1 -    £35,000
  • 2  -   £35,000
  • 3   -  £8,750
  • 4   -  £8,750
  • Total     £87,500

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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