Connecting long traditions with forward-thinking values since 1832. Durham University is England’s third oldest university. With a long history of welcoming students and academics from all over the world, it has developed a global reputation for innovation in research and education.
A World Top 100 University - QS World University Rankings 2021
Ranked 6th in the UK - The TIMES and THE SUNDAY TIMES Good University Guide 2021
90% of subjects ranked in the UK Top 10 - COMPLETE University Guide 2021
Durham University’s Careers and Enterprise Centre facilitate over 200 employer-led events on campus each year with over 100 different employers, including Nissan, TeachFirst, PwC, TPP, the Army, Herbert Smith Freehills, Newton Europe and many more.
Highest graduate recruitment rate of any UK university - 97.9% of graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17
Ranked 51st in the world for employer reputation - QS World University Rankings 2021
Faculties and departments
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
World top 50 in Arts and Humanities - QS World Subject Rankings 2021
Classics and Ancient History
Modern Languages and Cultures
Theology and Religion
Faculty of Science
World top 100 in Physics / Psychology - QS World Subject Rankings 2021
Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
World top 50 in Law / Anthropology - QS World Subject Rankings 2021
Government and International Affairs
Sport and Exercise Sciences
Durham Centre for Academic Development
43rd in Europe in Business School - FT European Business Schools 2019
Economics and Finance
Management and marketing
World-class students. World-class facilities.
The Bill Bryson Library with 1200+ study spaces and group study rooms
Top sports facilities at Maiden Castle
Modern faculty buildings such as the triple-accredited Durham University Business School
Teaching and Learning Centre (completed in 2019) cutting edge lecture theatres, teaching rooms and education labs.
New Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building (completed in 2021).
When students progress to Durham University, they will live in College. A College is much more than just a place to sleep and eat.
All University accommodation is based in one of our colleges and every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether you live in college or elsewhere.
Colleges are a place where students live and socialise and have the opportunity to develop their personal skills.
Colleges are friendly communities which provide a high level of personal support through the College Mentor system, and a full programme of student led-events and extracurricular activities.
Each College has excellent facilities for study, socialising, sport/fitness and arts.
Catered and self-catered options, depending on the College selected.
One College – Ustinov College is for postgraduate students only.
Student-organised social events are a big part of College life. Events include:
Musical & theatrical evenings e.g. Shakespeare productions, open-mic nights
Annual summer and winter balls
Formal dining events – ‘formals’
Annual ‘College Day’
“The fun never ceased throughout my time at St. Aidans. From its spectacular formals, which involve decorating the dining hall with some rather impressive themed artwork, to its jazz, rock and cocktail evenings, there's always something to do.”
Durham’s College system is an integral part of its student experience – the ‘Durham Difference’ .
A friendly and supportive environment.
A College is more than accommodation. It is a complete support package.
Choosing a College is a “lifestyle” choice.
Colleges provide a world of opportunities, helping students to excel alongside their academic studies and realise their potential.
Colleges engender life-long friendships and networks.