Durham University

Rank 174
Established 1832
Famous for

Law, Business, Engineering, English

Fees £22,000.00 - £35,000.00

Overview

Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, England, founded in 1837. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between its academic departments and 17 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide teaching to students, while the colleges are responsible for their domestic arrangements and welfare.

The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of British research universities and is amongst the top 100 universities in the world, currently ranked 89th in the QS World Rankings 2025. Durham University's teaching quality is impressive, with 19 of its 25 academic departments ranking in the global top 100.

The University offers more than 200 undergraduate and 190 postgraduate programmes under four faculties – Arts & Humanities, Business, Social Sciences and Engineering & Science. The Business school is Triple Accredited, with the MBA program being ranked 2nd globally in the world for Value for Money as per Financial Times Ranking. Popular Durham University courses include physics, economics, law, psychology and geography.

Durham University offers students a wide range of facilities, including libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, and study spaces. The University also offers several specialised facilities, such as a planetarium, an observatory, and a botanic garden.

Durham is a World Heritage city, and the University’s Castle and Cathedral have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Services

The University offers a free coach transfer service from Newcastle Airport at the beginning of the term, with a welcome team present at the airport to guide students. Before the beginning of the term, the International Office hosts an induction programme, including sessions about study skills, orientation and English language skills.

Durham has a strong Employability & Careers team and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Employer Reputation as per the QS rankings. Beyond your degree, Durham offers a vast array of opportunities and experiences which can help you hone and develop an enviable set of transferable skills necessary for any future career. Your Durham University experiences will help you build up essential teamwork, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership skills.

A wide range of general support services include student financial support, the Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities, and a university nursery. Libraries throughout the university are open generously seven days a week. The Information Technology Service offers networked services in both campuses, with over 1,200 personal computers in classrooms and open-access locations.

For international students who need to prepare for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Durham University, the Durham University International Study Centre is based at Queen’s Campus and offers International Foundation Year and Pre-Masters study opportunities.

Rankings

  • 7th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 7th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 89th in the QS World University Rankings 2025
  • 174th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

Over ninety-nine per cent of Durham's research was rated as being of international quality in the REF 2021, while 90 per cent was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.  Six Durham subject areas were in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research, including Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), Classics and Ancient History (4th), Theology and Religion (8th) and Sport and Exercise Sciences (10th).

Courses

Accommodation

The Durham University college system offers a range of accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Colleges in Durham provide activities and facilities for study, sports, the arts, socialising, relaxation and welfare. Generally, students will live in their college for the first year, move into private accommodation in their second year and then have the option of returning to the college halls for their final year of study.

All undergraduate students at Durham University are guaranteed accommodation in their first year in the college or society from which they have received an offer. Nearly all colleges at Durham University provide fully catered accommodation, with excellent facilities for study, socialising and exercise. The more intimate nature of living by your chosen college creates a sense of community, plus fantastic chances to play a part in the organisation and responsibilities of the area.

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