If you are interested in undertaking a research degree which requires in depth research into a topic of your choice, but do not wish to commit to a full PhD, then this programme may be for you. As with the PhD, your research topic will need to align with the interests of a potential supervisor. 

The Master of Professional Practice normally takes one year to complete in full-time study and two years in part-time study and requires submission of a 30,000 word thesis plus a 5,000 word portfolio of professional evidence.

MProf Leaflet

If you would like to discuss your application further or have any queries please visit this page or contact Durham's School of Education (ed.pgrstudents@durham.ac.uk).

How to apply

Entry requirements: Admissions decisions are based on your suitability for postgraduate research and the Department's ability to supervise your proposed topic. Our minimum entry requirement for Postgraduate Research is normally an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) although evidence of research skills and/or experience is useful.


You will need to provide the following documentation:

  • current CV
  • a research proposal, no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography), which specifies a topic of study, aims and objectives, proposed research methods and ethical considerations
  • two letters of reference
  • transcripts of your previous degree(s).


Interested applicants with appropriate qualifications are invited to apply on-line to Durham University: https://studyatdurham.microsoftcrmportals.com/en-US/

Further information

Information about applying to the programme should be addressed to 

Karen Taylor
Director Institute of Learning and Teaching
International School of Geneva


Steph Tunstall
Admissions Team Manager
Durham University
Tel +44 (0) 191 334 48316