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About Durham University

World university rankings


Durham is one of the world’s leading universities, as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2022, where we are ranked 82nd.

19 Durham subjects are ranked in the world top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, including 12 in the world top 50. Two of our subjects are in the world top ten – Theology and Religion (seventh) and Archaeology (eighth).

Excellence in teaching and research

Nationally, we’re consistently a top ten UK university. We’re ranked fifth in the Guardian University Guide 2022, sixth in the Complete University Guide 2022 and sixth in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

The rankings signal our excellence in teaching and research, combined with our all-round student experience. This makes our graduates highly sought after by employers around the world.

World-leading research

Our research ranges from the intimate to the infinite.

Our astronomers recently discovered a new kind of stellar explosion, our geographers are leading in understanding climate change, our Business School is consistently ranked among the best in Europe and the world and we are a principal partner in County Durham’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025.

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