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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.

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 2016-17 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings placed Arts and Humanities in 29th place in the world and Physical Sciences climbed 23 places to 60th.

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.”