This Scholarship is for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at the University of Durham and will be for up to two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies). If awarded a Durham Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the University of Durham.

The following Information has been provided by the University of Durham.

General information

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

Founded in 1832, Durham University is located in the North East of England. At the heart of our city is a 10th Century Norman Castle and Cathedral which make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. As a beautiful and historic city, Durham offers Marshall Scholars a quintessentially English experience at an elite, Russell Group institution.

As a scholar at Durham University, you will become part of our vibrant and diverse community which is made up of over 19,500 students from over 150 different countries.

Durham has 27 academic departments which sit within four faculties: Arts & Humanities, Science, Social Sciences and Health, and the Durham University Business School. We offer over 100 postgraduate taught courses and many research programmes in the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology, Archaeology, Biosciences, Business (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management), Chemistry, Classics & Ancient History, Combined Honours, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, English Studies, Geography, Government & International Affairs, History, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Law, Mathematical Sciences, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport, Theology and Religion.

As a Marshall Scholar at Durham, you will have the opportunity to work closely with academics who have developed their taught modules as a result of world-class research conducted at Durham. The latest REF (Research Excellence Framework) in 2021 identified over 99% of our research was rated as being of international quality, while 90% was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Six Durham subject areas were in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research including Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), Classics and Ancient History (4th), Theology and Religion (8th) and Sport and Exercise Sciences (10th). 

*‘World-leading’ constitutes a 4* rating; ‘internationally excellent’ a 3* rating.


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Fast facts

Fast facts

  • 78th in the World Top 100 QS World University Rankings
  • Ranked 8th in the UK Complete University Guide (2024)
  • World top 10 in three subject areas; Theology and Religion (Sixth), Classics & Ancient History (Eight) and Archaeology (Tenth) (QS 2023)
  • 12 subjects ranked in the World Top 50, QS world subject rankings (2023)
  • Home to extensive cultural collections such as the Palace Green Library, encompassing archaeology, art, artefacts, specimens, archives, manuscripts, and early printed books, some of which are used in teaching.
  • Joint Ranked 30th out of 700 universities in the QS World University Rankings for Sustainability (QS 2023) 
  • 50th in the world in the category of Employer Reputation (QS  World rankings 2024)
  • 108th in the world for the Impact of our International Research (QS World Rankings 2024)
  • Britain's Number 1 Team Sport University
  • State-of-the-art equipment at our sports hub Maiden Castle Sports and Wellbeing Park.
  • Continually investing in facilities for postgraduate students to ensure access to high-quality lecture theatres, workspaces, and dedicated libraries.
  • Home to state-of-the-art facilities such as The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, designed by Daniel Libeskind.
  • Home to the Oriental Museum; one of the UK’s leading collections of Chinese artefacts including ceramics, silks, paintings, and jades.
  • A network for life; our alumni community is active and an excellence resource for your future.
  • Passionate about bringing people together to conduct research across subject areas and we host 10 interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Centres.
  • Home to one of the largest groups of medieval and early modern specialists anywhere in the world (IMEMS).

Life in

Durham is a historic and beautiful city in the North East of England, complete with an 11th Century Castle and Cathedral. It has a compact and friendly feel but still provides all the facilities of a cosmopolitan city. You will find numerous castles, walks, cycle routes and beaches all within easy reach of Durham City. Also nearby, the Durham Dales and County of Northumberland provide opportunities to explore open spaces and beautiful countryside as well as the stunning North East Coast. Durham is around 3 hours from London by the train, and 1 ½ hours from Edinburgh by Train.

Durham is a collegiate university with our college communities at the heart of our distinctive student experience. As well as comfortable accommodation and a range of excellent on-site facilities, our 17 colleges offer a high level of personal support and a full programme of student-led events and extra-curricular activities. Our students say that colleges are one of the best aspects of life at Durham University. We have over 80 student-led music clubs and societies, 27 theatre companies across the University and 54 sports to participate in through 700 teams.

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For further information

Contact Details: Ana-Maria Costea


Website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/

Further Information about our postgraduate courses can be found here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/pg/

Further information about our particularly strong research areas can be found here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/

Explore our colleges: Our Colleges - Durham University

Further information about entry requirements can be found here:  North America - Durham University

For an insight into life at Durham for an international student please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhDaSKWEzwA