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About Durham University

World university rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its World Top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where it is ranked 74th.

In national league tables, Durham is consistently recognised as one of the top 10 universities in the UK. The University is ranked seventh in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, fifth in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and sixth in The Complete University Guide 2019.

Excellence in teaching and research

In world subject rankings, Durham also demonstrates its strength in teaching and research.

In the 2018 QS World University Subject Rankings Durham University achieved its best results to date with nine subjects in the top 50 and a total of 16 subjects in the top 100. For the second year running Theology & Religion at Durham has been ranked third in the world whilst Archaeology and Geography have both retained their top 10 positions. This is also the first year that QS has included Classics in its subject league tables and Durham has been ranked 25th in the world.

The 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject place Law at Durham 42nd globally, up from 51st. Social Sciences also makes the World Top 50 having climbed from 51st to 45th. Geography, Politics and International Studies* and Sociology are among the subjects classed as Social Sciences by the THE. Education is also in the World Top 100 having retained 51st place in the rankings.

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings also placed Arts and Humanities in 29th place in the world while Physical Sciences at Durham was 73rd in the world for 2018.

Global impact

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University, said:

“Durham is one of the world’s great universities and one of the most distinctive. We aim to build on success with an ambitious strategy that is seeing us invest in new facilities that will enhance research, teaching and the wider student experience while continuing to attract some of the world’s best academics to Durham.”

* At Durham, Politics and International Studies is called Government and International Affairs.