The Department is keen to accept applications from overseas students to enhance the growing diversity of our student body. Our staff are also diverse: they have come from, taught in or conducted research across the world.
Durham University is one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Durham's History Department is one of the leading British centres for the study of History, renowned for its research and teaching. The Department has recognised experts in British, European, American, African and Chinese history, from the eighth century to the present. We have excellent library and archive resources, dedicated study space for postgraduates, scholarships and funding for research trips and conferences. There is a lively and friendly postgraduate community.
Durham University's college system, similar to that of Oxford and Cambridge, provides excellent support for international students as well as a strong and sociable postgraduate community. You can find out more about colleges and accommodation here. Private accommodation is also available and the University has an Accommodation Office to help you find a suitable place.
Durham is well suited to international visitors. The City has a rich heritage and cultural history. There are many shops (including Asian food stores), restaurants, bars, museums, a cinema and a theatre. Durham is a centre for arts and culture, including the Gala Theatre, the Oriental Museum and the Botanic Gardens.
Further afield, you’ll find the North East region is full of exciting things to do and beautiful places to explore and you don’t have to travel far to experience all that the region has to offer. Durham is located 15 minutes by train away from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which has a larger range of shops, museums, concert halls, theatres and restaurants. It is also well connected to other major centres such as Edinburgh, York and Leeds, which can all be reached within under two hours, and there are regular direct train services to London (three hours). There are two international airports close by (Newcastle and Teeside) and there is a direct train to Manchester Airport. All these airports operate international flights as well as domestic flights (for example to London).
For details about our entrance requirements and how to apply, please click here.
Our International Office can provide help with your application. It also provides a dedicated tutorial infrastructure to support overseas students during their degree.