A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of inspiring people, a unique and historic setting – a university like no other.
We might be one of England’s oldest universities, but we have a pioneering mindset and an open, inclusive outlook. Choose from over 190 postgraduate degrees, taught by worldleading experts in first-class facilities, and actively benefit from the cutting-edge research taking place right here in the University. Whether you’re looking to connect with international industry and business through your work, or the global academic research community, you’ll have the freedom and facilities to explore what’s important to you. With a mutually supportive and diverse group of exceptional peers and supervisors, you’ll push the boundaries of current thinking and research. Together, you’ll embrace innovation, inspire change, and answer the big questions. You can also expect the warmest of welcomes into our collegiate family. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.
The collegiate system
Our collegiate system makes Durham truly exceptional. Here, every student is a proud member of a college, and every college has its very own character and traditions. The cornerstone of our extraordinary wider student experience is the colleges. In your college, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in sport, music, theatre and volunteering. You’ll join parties, dinners, clubs, and societies. And you’ll be surrounded by an extraordinary, diverse, and multidisciplinary community of academics, students, and staff from different backgrounds and cultures.
Study Experience Rankings
In league tables, Durham is consistently recognised as one of the top 10 universities in the UK. The University is ranked 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2023, The Complete University Guide 2023 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. We are also named as Sports University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.
At Durham, you’ll find purpose-built lecture theatres and seminar rooms, as well as state-of-the-art labs and well-stocked libraries. We are investing £350m in over 20 estate projects between 2017 and 2027.
Delivering cutting-edge, research-led education is at the very heart of everything we do. Our academic staff are so much more than lecturers teaching from books. They carry out ground-breaking research that shapes our departments, inspires our courses, and directly informs our teaching. You’ll learn from world leaders and actively benefit from the world-class research taking place right here in the University.
Our academics collaborate with research partners worldwide, providing answers to global questions. Durham University is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities and the Matariki Network of Universities.
Durham is a friendly and welcoming city, with the famous Cathedral and Castle - together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - at its very heart. In the ancient, cobbled streets, you’ll find shops and boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants, and plenty of culture. From walks and boat trips along the River Wear, to street markets and museum visits, there’s no shortage of things to do! No matter where you are in the City, you’ll never be far from one of our colleges, academic departments, or facilities. The historic city also offers a huge range of attractions, places to visit and activities,
North East England itself is a beautiful region, steeped in history and culture, with vibrant cities and stunning coastline all within easy reach. Or why not hop on a direct train to London, Edinburgh, or Manchester if you want to explore the rest of the UK and beyond?
Wider Student Experience
At Durham, we are committed to delivering an experience outside your studies that is unrivalled in the UK. Over 85% of our students are actively involved in sport, music, theatre, volunteering or student enterprise, and our investment in these areas is central to our commitment to delivering a unique student experience
At Durham, students can discover and become the person they want to be. Whatever you love doing, whatever you may like to try, you will find support and inspiration here.
Has been a top 3 BUCS table University since 2012
Offers 1000+ student-led societies within our Common Rooms, Students’ Union, the Student Enrichment Directorate and the Careers and Enterprise Centre
Runs 50 annual community, educational and recreational projects for student volunteering.
The Palatine Centre