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Durham University

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 2020, where we are ranked 78th.

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the World Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including 10 in the World Top 50.

Three of our subjects are in the World Top 10 - Theology and Religion (fifth), Archaeology (sixth) and Geography (ninth).

Excellence in teaching and research

We’re ranked amongst the world Top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2019.

In addition, Arts and Humanities is ranked 27th in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject.

Nationally, we’re consistently a top 10 UK university. We are ranked fifth in the Guardian University Guide 2020, sixth in The Complete University Guide 2020 and seventh in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

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.

A distinctive university

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 inspire our students and staff to achieve extraordinary things and I am delighted that this is recognised by our continued high standing in global and national league tables."

World-leading research

Our research spans the world and beyond. Our Physicists are using supercomputer simulations to test alternatives to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, whilst our Archaeologists led the first UK university team ever to be permitted to undertake excavations within Beijing’s Forbidden City.

We also work with partners to encourage scholars from across the world to visit Durham and study the county’s outstanding special collections. In March 2019 this led to the discovery of a 800 year old Royal Charter from the reign of King John.

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