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About Durham University

World university rankings

Durham is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its World Top 100 position in two influential global league tables.

In the QS World University Rankings 2016-17, the University is 74th and has risen from 3rd to 2nd among UK universities for research citations. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17, Durham is ranked 96th.

In national league tables, including the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, Durham University is consistently recognised as one of the top universities in the UK.

Excellence in teaching and research

In world subject rankings, Durham also demonstrates its strength in teaching and research with Arts and Humanities in 29th place in the world and Physical Sciences climbing 23 places to 60th in the Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2016-17.

Seven specific subjects are also featured in the top 50 of the QS World University Subject Rankings. Geography is ranked third in the world and Archaeology fifth. Anthropology, Earth Sciences, English, History and Law are also in the top 50.

Global impact

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University, said: "Durham's consistent position as one of the world’s leading universities highlights the quality of the experience we offer in both teaching and research.

"It is particularly pleasing that we have risen from 3rd to 2nd among UK universities in the citations category of the latest QS rankings, which signifies that Durham research is very highly regarded by the global academic community.

"Overall these rankings demonstrate Durham’s global impact and the role our research plays in changing the world for the better."