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Offer Information Guide 

Our Offer Information Booklet contains useful information on things such as college membership, fees and funding, enrolment and induction and university regulations. Please read it carefully alongside your offer letter as it tells you more about the next steps in your applicant journey with us as well as any actions you may need to take.  

For programmes that commence between 1st August 2022 and 31st July 2023:

For programmes that commence between 1st August 2023 and 31st July 2024:

Careers and Enterprise Centre 

As  postgraduate research student you will have access to dedicated Careers Adviser and Enterprise Manager to support you in your career development and planning.  The Careers and Enterprise Centre works in collaboration with the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) on the Researcher Development Programme. 

Researcher Development Programme 

If you are registered for a higher degree by thesis then you will have access to the Researcher Development Programme. 

The courses provide training that is relevant for your professional development irrespective of your particular area of study and complements the discipline-specific training offered byour department.  The skills you will acquire will support your research; enhance your work/life skills and employability. 


As a collegiate University, you will become a member of a college and can also live in college if you choose to study with us.  Ustinov is dedicated to postgraduates, but all of the other colleges also have postgraduate members. 

Once you have accepted our offer our Accommodation and Allocations Office will be in touch with you with further information about college and accommodation options. 

Disability Support 

Disability Support is there to help you with any support needs you might have and to support you in fulfilling your academic potential. 

You should contact the service as soon as possible if you have a disability as this will allow us to begin to identify the support you need, including any financial support you may be eligible for.  

English Language 

If you’re an international student and need help with English language skills then Durham’s pre-sessional programmes offer you the opportunity to develop the academic language and literacy skills you will need to succeed on your course.  If you have a conditional offer that includes English language you may be eligible to take a pre-sessional to fulfil this condition.  Your offer letter will tell you which pre-sessional you are eligible for and you should apply for the place via the Applicant Portal. 

Student Visa 

If you are an international student and need a Student visa to enter the UK then you will need a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Durham University.  The CAS is a unique reference number that confirms that Durham University has agreed to be your Student Visa sponsor.   

A CAS can be issued a maximum of 5 months before the start date of your course.   


If you require a visa to study in the UK, ATAS clearance is required for some programmes. Please note that if this is the case it will be stated on your offer letter and you will need to apply online for an ATAS clearance certificate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Please be advised that you will need to apply for your ATAS certificate before applying for your visa, allowing at least 4 weeks to obtain it.