• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    519
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.16 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    3.14 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.79 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

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

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    83.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    14.5
  • 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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    1,615
  • 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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    1,026
  • 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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    89.5 / 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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    95.9 / 100.0

Durham University is a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. Established in 1832, it is one of the oldest higher education institutions in England, after Oxford and Cambridge. Based in the city of Durham and at Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, both locations are just 2 hours 45 minutes from London and have excellent transport links to the rest of north east England.

Entry Requirements

  • Durham asks for a range of different entry requirements, depending on the programme applied for.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Durham offers several degree routes including Single or Joint Honours, named routes in Natural Sciences, Combined Honours in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and 4-year honours programmes in some sciences.
  • The modular degree system enables students to tailor degrees to meet their needs by combining subjects or studying 1 or more subjects in depth.
  • Durham University has over 240 student exchange agreements under the Erasmus+ and International Exchange programmes, with partner institutions spread across the globe from Austria to New Zealand.
  • Almost 300 Durham students every year take the opportunity to spend a period abroad and the university welcomes over 370 students to Durham from partner institutions annually.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Libraries are located throughout the university with generous opening times, 7 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 16 colleges offer a range of facilities for study, socialising, sport, the arts, events and day-to-day living.

Disability Services

  • Please refer to the university website for details of disability support offered by Durham University.

Students' Union

  • Durham Students’ Union is the champion of all Durham students. Durham SU is an independent body and as such represents over 17,500 students across both Durham and Queen’s Campus, with 5 elected Student Officers holding the university to account, supported by hundreds of student academic representatives and committee members. Durham is a collegiate university, and the union works alongside colleges to engage students around issues of welfare and student experience, and leads on making sure these issues are addressed.
  • Durham SU is home to over 200 student groups. Within these groups students can connect with like-minded people outside of their colleges and departments. Here they can develop their skills and enhance their student experience.
  • Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK) – the Raise and Give or RAG group – is one of the best in the country, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds each year for local, national and international charities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Student Employment Service (SES) assists students looking for part-time work during term-time and vacation periods.
  • Locally, a range of employment opportunities can be found 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.

Careers Guidance

  • The highly-rated Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) provides a wide range of services both centrally and within subject departments, in partnership with colleges and the student union. In 2015 the Student Crowd survey rated the service as being in the top 3 in the country, with many students giving 5 start reviews for the level of support received.
  • Advisers give 1-to-1 support, group presentations and advice on application and CV development. Enterprise skills development and business start-up advice are also an integral part of the mainstream activity, and the service also provides an academic study skills programme.
  • The SES has strong and developing links with local employers and business groups, organising over 150 employer events annually, with over 180 individual organisations attending fairs. 
  • An online vacancy service is provided, giving access to thousands of job, placement, internship and work experience opportunities throughout the year; 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.
  • The Careers Centre was also shortlisted in the 2015 Awards for Excellence run by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, for the Durham International Student Employability Programme, developed and delivered in partnership with the English Language Centre.

Student Mix

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5,000–10,000
Large
>10,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 73%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

History

  • The oldest of the university’s 16 colleges, University College, was founded in 1832 at the same time as the establishment of the university. 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.

Notable Alumni

  • Gabby Logan − former Wales international gymnast and TV presenter with BBC Sport and ITV.
  • Richard Adams − novelist who best known as the author of Watership Down.
  • George Alagiah − journalist and television and since 2007, newsreader of BBC News at Six.
  • Will Carling − former rugby union player and captain of England from 1988 to 1996, winning 72 caps.
  • General Lord Richard Dannatt − retired senior British Army officer, formerly Chief of the General Staff 2006−2009, now member of the House of Lords.
  • Will Greenwood − former rugby union player and member of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad.
  • Lorraine Heggessey – TV producer and executive, first ever woman to be Controller of BBC One, from 2000−2005.
  • Chris Hollins − journalist, presenter and sportsman.
  • Jeremy Vine − broadcaster and journalist with his own topical talk show on BBC Radio 2.
  • Kate Silverton − journalist and news presenter with the BBC. 

Further Details

Address Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
UCAS Code D86