• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.14 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.14 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    83.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    95.6 / 100.0
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    89.4 / 100.0


  • Durham University is a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values.
  • The oldest of the university’s 16 colleges, University College, was founded in 1832 at the same time as the establishment of the university (which is England's third oldest Higher Education Institute after Oxford and Cambridge). The most recent is Josephine Butler College, founded in 2006.
  • In 1987 Durham Cathedral and Castle became a World Heritage Site, of which the university is a joint guardian.
  • In 2012 the opera singer, Sir Thomas Allen was appointed as the university's 12th Chancellor.

Location and Transport

  • The university operates in two locations: in the city of Durham and at Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, both of which have excellent transport links to the rest of north east England.
  • Both are located 2¾ hours from London and have two international airports close by: Newcastle International and Durham Tees Valley.
  • Local amenities are within walking distance at both locations.

Entry Requirements

  • Durham asks for a range of different entry requirements, depending on the programme applied for.
  • More information on entry standards at Durham University is available on the website.

Student Mix

The 17,595 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%


  • UK 74%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Course Flexibility

  • Durham University has over 140 undergraduate degree programmes in arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences, offering one of the broadest ranges of degree programmes within the UK.
  • Durham offers several degree routes including Single or Joint Honours, named routes in Natural Sciences, Combined Honours in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and four-year honours programmes in some sciences.
  • The modular degree system enables students to tailor degrees to meet their needs by combining subjects or studying one or more subjects in depth.
  • Many of Durham’s academic departments offer an integrated year abroad where students can choose to study in another country.
  • Foundation degrees are also available to help prepare students for degree level study.

Teaching Standards

  • 90% of students are satisfied with their experience at Durham University. NSS 2015 (sector average 85%).
  • In the Complete University Guide 2016 Durham had 90% of its subjects ranked in the top 10.
  • In the Complete University Guide 2016 Durham was ranked 5th overall.
  • 96% of Durham’s undergraduates successfully complete their degrees – one of the highest completion rates in the UK (sector average 86%) (Complete University Guide 2016).
  • Durham’s Business and Economics courses are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Other accrediting bodies include the Engineering Council and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • 100% of our Education students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey three times in the last five years.
  • Durham’s primary education provision was rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted at the last inspection.
  • 88.4% of UK and EU graduates from Durham University secured employment or went on to further study in 2014.

Research Standards

  • In REF 2014, 83% of our research was assessed as being of 'internationally excellent quality' or 'world-leading' (3* + 4*).
  • REF2014 identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject.
  • Durham University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, an association of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities.
  • Leading staff have been awarded Fellowship of Royal Society, and Fellowship of the British Academy as well as many other bodies which recognise scholarly excellence.

Academic Strengths

  • In the Complete University Guide 2016 Durham had 90% of its subjects ranked in the top 10.

In the Research Excellence 2014 (REF) departments that were highly rated include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Education
  • English
  • Law
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Theology

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Libraries are located throughout the university with generous opening times, seven days a week.
  • IT facilities include networked services in both campuses, with over 2,000 personal computers in classrooms and open access locations. Wi-fi is available across both campuses and in colleges.
  • Durham University offers a wide range of support services, including student financial support, the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre, Disability Support, the English Language Centre, the Foundation Centre, International Office and the University Nursery.
  • The university has over 500 sports teams across 18 different sports for students to join.
  • Durham has over 200 societies for students to get involved with including the largest student theatre group in the UK and offers a range of extracurricular activities, volunteering and charity work.
  • The 16 colleges offer a range of facilities for study, socialising, sport, the arts, events and day-to-day living.

Disability Services

  • For information on disability services at Durham University, telephone 0191 334 8115; email disability.support@durham.ac.uk, or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • Durham Students' Union acts as a unified voice on campus and leads on issues such as academic representation and the provision of facilities. It has over 400 course representatives working to improve academic provision in Durham University.
  • Durham Students’ Union runs one of the most successful RAG operations (DUCK) and has nearly 200 student groups, which complement a similar number of college/common room student groups. It is home to Purple Radio and publishes Palatinate, the official Durham Student Newspaper, all providing development opportunities for students outside of their academic environment.
  • The Union is home to the Riverside Bar & Café and organises social events including the Union Fair and Welcome Ball. Free independent guidance and support is also offered from their Advice and Help team on a wide range of issues including finance, accommodation, colleges, contracts or anything else students may need help with.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Our Student Employment Service (SES) assists students looking for part-time work during term-time and vacation periods. An online vacancy service is provided, alongside one to one support, group presentations and advice on application and CV development.
  • The SES has strong and developing links with local employers and business groups, ensuring access to a range of employment opportunities within travelling distance of the university and student accommodation centres across both sites. A range of part time positions are also available on campus, including opportunities offering quality work experience in a variety of academic and professional fields.
  • Guidelines are provided and agreed between the service, students and employers to ensure that work does not affect academic performance, and the SES Codes of Practice ensure a professional service delivered to nationally recognised standards.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) provides a wide range of services including central programmes of and careers, employability and academic skills development alongside programmes within subject departments and in partnership with colleges and the student union. In addition, the service’s website and social media activity gives access to wide ranging resources, information, development activity and career planning support at all times.
  • Enterprise skills development and business start-up advice are also an integral part of the mainstream activity, and the service also provides a study skills programme.
  • In the 2015, the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre have organised 158 employer events, 83 skills development sessions and have had 182 individual organisations attending fairs. An online vacancy service provides access to thousands of job, placement, internship and work experience opportunities throughout the year.
  • The 2015 The Student Crowd survey rated Durham’s Careers Employability and Enterprise Centre as being in the top 3 in the country, with the best average rating for career opportunities. Many students left 5 start reviews for the level of support received.
  • According to the 2013/14 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey, 88.4% of Durham students went into work or further study within six months of graduating (87.8% or first degree leavers, 91% of postgraduate research leavers and 89.7% of post graduate taught programmes).
  • The Careers Centre was also shortlist in the 2015 Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Awards for Excellence for the employability programme for the Durham International Student Employability Programme, developed and delivered in partnership with the English Language Centre.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Durham Project: a £60m project that has transformed and enhanced the university and the city.
  • In 2012 a brand new student services and university headquarters building, the Palatine Centre, was opened, along with a new Law School and a significant extension to the Bill Bryson Library. Renovation works are ongoing in the Library with a major refurbishment to the older parts of the Library due to be completed in 2015.
  • Sports centres: a new, multi-million pound Sports Centre opened at Queen’s Campus in 2011, with a fully-equipped fitness suite and an impressive range of state-of-the-art facilities. New and enhanced facilities were also opened at Maiden Castle in Durham City, including a performance analysis suite, an indoor rowing tank and fencing stiles.

Notable Alumni

  • Richard Adams
  • George Alagiah
  • Biddy Baxter
  • Will Carling
  • General Lord Richard Dannatt
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Sir Harold Evans
  • Will Greenwood
  • Paul Hawkins
  • Lorraine Heggessey
  • Chris Hollins
  • Nasser Hussain
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence
  • Tony Laithwaite
  • Gaby Logan
  • Mo Mowlam
  • Mark Pougatch
  • Kate Silverton
  • David Sproxton
  • Andrew Strauss
  • Jeremy Vine

Further Details

Address Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
UCAS Code D86
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