Our Students Say...
I decided upon Durham based on the international reputation of my supervisors - it is so rare to find an entire research group with such depth in international standing. Although intellectually stimulating (and exhausting), the end result is for you to develop your own novel research that itself has a real impact in your research field. Of course, the natural beauty of Durham and its collegiate system made the decision to come here a lot easier!
In order to achieve the highest academic qualification - the PhD - you need a strong support network to encourage, challenge and inspire you achieve. At Durham, I have that in abundance. I have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals from both a practical and academic standpoint whilst I'm also able to interact with many individuals within the diverse international research community. I truly believe Durham to be the most enjoyable environment in which to study and would recommend anyone with the opportunity to come and enjoy the Durham experience.
I came to Durham with an MSc in Accounting from Birmingham University and a BSc in Accounting from King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia. I chose Durham University Business School because of its excellent international reputation and its high academic ranking. Also, Durham City is an ideal place for studying, with its quiet and encouraging atmosphere.
One important benefit has been the opportunity to be involved in and obtain research skills, which helped me tackle any issues in my field of study. These skills are about how to do research, using different methodologies and different statistical analyses, referencing, academic writing etc.
I am extremely pleased with what I have achieved to date. I have presented different sections of my research at four international conferences and have commenced the process of publishing some of my findings.
I have participated in many practical seminars and sessions, and studying at Durham has made me confident in pursuing a career in academia in teaching and research.
I choose Durham University Business School because of its reputation. It performs consistently well in rankings and has a reputation as one of the best universities for international students.
I felt safe and welcome from the moment the plane landed, when I was greeted by two volunteers from the university who even gave me a phone-card to call home. I settled in very quickly and was assigned a tutor who was there to provide advice on non-academic issues. I also signed up with the boat and bicycle clubs and other interesting societies like Cafe Politique and Scientifique and the Intercultural Forum.
Durham is a collegiate university and my college, Ustinov, represents a multicultural and a highly diversified community: 78% are non-UK students. I can interact and learn with intellectuals from different disciplines, backgrounds, with unique perspectives, habits and interests. I am learning a lot about other cultures.
My supervisory team consists of two dedicated academics, who welcomed me into their research group and helped me focus my individual training needs.
As an international student, I joined the Host UK project and spent 4 days around Christmas as a guest in Scotland in a lovely village called Glenluce. I was made to feel very welcome and am still in touch with my host and the many friends I made, who took me golfing and walking round the loch.
Before applying to study abroad, I couldn't stop panicking about living in a new country. But I am more than happy with my choice and believe that the opportunities here are numberless in terms of academic and social dimensions.