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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 2018, the University is 78th. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018, Durham is ranked 97th. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2017, Durham is also listed among the top 100 universities in the world, in the 91-100 bracket.

In national league tables, Durham is consistently recognised as one of the top universities in the UK. The University is ranked fifth in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and sixth in The Complete University Guide 2018.

Excellence in teaching and research

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

In the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings Durham University has eight subjects in the top 50 and 14 in the top 100. Theology & Religion is ranked third in the world, Archaeology is fourth and Geography is seventh. Within the top 50 rankings English, History and Law have all increased their position whilst Anthropology and Earth Sciences have maintained their rankings.

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Arts and Humanities in 29th place in the world and ranks Social Sciences, Law and Education at Durham all 51st in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings also placed Physical Sciences at Durham 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. Our new University Strategy includes ambitious proposals to ensure that we build on our strengths, to continue delivering world-class research, education and wider student experience.

“Our success in international and national rankings and league tables is something the whole University can be proud of.”