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  • Durham subjects in world top 100

    Our departments are rated among the best in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

    We have three subjects in the global top 10, ten in the top 50, and 19 in the top 100.

     

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  • Welcome to all new alumni!

    The good news is that your journey with Durham isn't over.

    Every student who finishes studying at university then becomes a member of our alumni community.

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Durham subjects in world top 100

Our departments are rated among the best in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

We have three subjects in the global top 10, ten in the top 50, and 19 in the top 100.

 

A group of three female students stood on a bridge in Durham with Durham Cathedral in the background behind the treeline.

Welcome to all new alumni!

The good news is that your journey with Durham isn't over.

Every student who finishes studying at university then becomes a member of our alumni community.

Durham Student celebrating Congregation and holding a Durham University teddy bear

Events in the Middle East: support and assistance for students and staff

Read our statement and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Research Impact at Durham

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference, globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

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  • Precisely measuring our expanding Universe

    Our physicists are part of an international team that has made the largest 3D map of the Universe, measuring its expansion over 11 billion years.
    A map of the Universe showing a web of blue, green and white against a black backdrop
  • Innovative body image research secures prestigious €2.5m grant

    Researchers from our world-leading Department of Psychology have been awarded a c.€2.5m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for an international body image research project.
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  • How medieval chroniclers interpreted solar eclipses and other celestial events

    The evolution of technology has allowed scientists to analyse celestial events in much greater detail. Medieval chroniclers didn’t have that luxury but Giles Gasper in our History department and Brian Tanner in our Physics department say that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots we can learn from the ways in which they talked about these events and understood the universe.
    Stars in the solar system depicting a celestial event
  • Cave discoveries on Mars could unveil secrets of alien life

    Our scientists have identified dozens of potential cave entrances on the surface of Mars using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.
    NASA spacecraft nearing planet Mars
  • How we’re supporting North East England - part two

    We’re a global university and make a major contribution to the economic, cultural and social vibrancy of North East England. This is the second part of a two-part series on ways we’re helping our region to thrive.
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  • Financial support for postgraduate study

    We have a range of financial support available for eligible home fee paying students commencing postgraduate study this September. This includes our new scholarships, the Postgraduate Student Support Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship.
    Law school undergraduates sit at the boardroom table in the AG room as they study and chat
  • Second UK triumph for Northern Lights

    Durham’s a cappella group, Northern Lights, have won their second successive UK ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) Finals in Wimbledon on Saturday 30 March 2024. As a result, they will compete at their second World University Finals in New York on Saturday 27 April.
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Innovative body image research secures prestigious €2.5m grant

Researchers from our world-leading Department of Psychology have been awarded a c.€2.5m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for an international body image research project.
Three individuals running in a park setting

How medieval chroniclers interpreted solar eclipses and other celestial events

The evolution of technology has allowed scientists to analyse celestial events in much greater detail. Medieval chroniclers didn’t have that luxury but Giles Gasper in our History department and Brian Tanner in our Physics department say that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots we can learn from the ways in which they talked about these events and understood the universe.
Stars in the solar system depicting a celestial event

Cave discoveries on Mars could unveil secrets of alien life

Our scientists have identified dozens of potential cave entrances on the surface of Mars using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.
NASA spacecraft nearing planet Mars

How we’re supporting North East England - part two

We’re a global university and make a major contribution to the economic, cultural and social vibrancy of North East England. This is the second part of a two-part series on ways we’re helping our region to thrive.
A collage of three images; students performing a show on stage, a student graduating and a researcher using a microscope

Financial support for postgraduate study

We have a range of financial support available for eligible home fee paying students commencing postgraduate study this September. This includes our new scholarships, the Postgraduate Student Support Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship.
Law school undergraduates sit at the boardroom table in the AG room as they study and chat

Second UK triumph for Northern Lights

Durham’s a cappella group, Northern Lights, have won their second successive UK ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) Finals in Wimbledon on Saturday 30 March 2024. As a result, they will compete at their second World University Finals in New York on Saturday 27 April.
Group of students on stage, singing

Helping autistic people recognise unhealthy relationships

We’re part of a team behind a new healthy relationship guide written specifically for autistic people.
Artwork representing feelings of worry, happiness and masking feelings and

To memorise or not memorise – does music memorisation improve piano performance?

Music memorisation and practising strategies have long been debated by instrumental music teachers. As part of World Piano Day, Chara Steliou, a PhD student in our Music department, is looking to explore how piano teachers teach music memorisation in one-to-one piano lessons and how piano students perform when learning a piece from memory.
Chara (right) teaching a young student to play the piano

Elephant Group Spring Conference inspires pupils to achieve

Sixth form pupils from schools across the North of England were given a taste of university life at Durham via the Elephant Group Spring Conference.
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From ‘The BIG Durham Talent Show’ to Netflix blockbuster – alumna Ambika Mod is ‘one to watch’!

Alumna Ambika Mod (English Literature, St Mary's College, 2014-17) is currently starring in the recently released Netflix series 'One Day’ and has been named by a national UK magazine as a 'woman to watch' in 2024. She has received extensive media coverage, including prime time UK TV chat shows.
Ambika Mod in Durham Revue

Governance and leadership of a modern university

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O’Brien, opens a new, comprehensive and far-reaching collection of essays by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), discussing the digital landscape of a modern university and making the case to elevate digital transformation to a strategic level.
Our Vice-Chancellor Karen O'Brien with a background of books

Collaborative research into child poverty and poor educational performance offers solutions to UK policy makers

A new report, involving faculty from the Business School in collaboration with seven other research-intensive universities from across Northern England, has investigated the links between child poverty and poor educational performance and calls on the government to take urgent action.
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Vice-Chancellor welcomes North East England devolution deal

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien welcomes the North East England devolution deal and reflects on our role in the region
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

New road material paves the way to net zero

A new material which enables the creation of net zero asphalt has been used in a road resurfacing scheme in County Durham – and it’s a UK first.
Low Carbon Materials at Elvett Hill resurfacing project

Upcoming events

Summer Course on International Arbitration 2024

Monday 22 July 2024 - Friday 26 July 2024
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Durham Law School, Palatine Centre, Durham
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Voices: contemporary art and craft from the Middle East and North Africa

Friday 29 September 2023 - Sunday 12 May 2024
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
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Self-Guided Tours

Friday 1 September 2023 - Saturday 31 August 2024
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Discover Durham Live Virtual Sessions

Tuesday 17 October 2023 - Thursday 20 June 2024
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Virtual
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From our Student Blogs:

Walking in Durham: Houghall, Low Burnhall and Croxdale

In this blog, third-year mathematics student Toby shares some of his favourite walking routes. Check out the amazing bluebells in Houghall (Great High Wood) in May.
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Look closer at our Department of Archaeology

Our Department of Archaeology is a leading centre for the study of archaeology and is ranked  joint 5th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

We are an inclusive, vibrant and international community. Our students develop knowledge and gain essential and transferable skills through research-led teaching and lab-based training. 

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