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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Information for New Students

Congratulations on securing your place to read Anthropology at Durham University! It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the Department.

We pride ourselves on our excellence in research and teaching and we are all looking forward to you joining us. The Durham Anthropology community is a lively, friendly group of people including undergraduates, postgraduates and staff, committed to the pursuit of anthropological knowledge. You will be an integral part of life in the Department and we are very much looking forward to meeting you and hope that your time with us will be stimulating, challenging, exciting and, above all, enjoyable.

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online – duo
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

Module Registration

Module registration is a two stage process which includes:

  • Selection of modules
  • Approval of modules

The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules. More information on module registration can be found at Module Registration page.

Level 1 Module Registration

Please note, first year students wanting to register for a module in another department (like geography or physics) must check the registration arrangements for that department as soon as possible. It may also require a visit to the department in person during a particular time slot.

For more information, please visit Open Modules at Level 1

Your first week in Durham – University Induction Online Planner

Use the Online Induction Planner to plan your first week’s activities by College and Department

The Online Induction Planner has been designed to let you know where you need to be and when, according to your Department and College Induction activities and events.

We have put together a comprehensive package of induction activities which will take place from 1 October to 7 October. You will have a lot of demands on your time during this week, so it's a good idea to block out times to meet with the College, student societies and the Department. And remember to make some time to explore the city and the University grounds-- it's a small city but there's still a learning curve for figuring out where everything is.

Attendance of all of department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part. View the planner here

“The induction week was a fun and helpful experience that made me feel part of the department. It was a great opportunity to meet the other people on the course and meet our tutors for the year.”

Rebecca Strong, BSc Anthropology

“I found the induction week an engaging and eye-opening introduction to my time at Durham. Being introduced to members of staff before my actual studying at Durham eased any anxieties that I was experiencing about what university would be like. The relaxed, easy-going, but studious demeanour of both staff and students helped encourage me to think it was one of the best choices for me. Looking around the campus and Anthropology building also affirmed any expectations regarding how enjoyable and challenging three years in such a location would be.”

Michael Miller, BA Anthropology

“Induction week was a great introduction to anthropology and laid the groundwork for the work we did throughout the year. It was also a great way to get to know my fellow class mates. ”

Georgina Compton, BSc Anthropology

Pre-arrival Checklist

On completion of online enrolment, you will have access to the DUO Anthropology Fresher site which contains all the information you will need prior to your arrival and during the first few weeks of term, including:

  • Preparatory Reading Lists
  • Department Induction arrangements
  • First Year Module Information and Programme Requirements
  • Teaching Timetable

Contact details

All members of the Anthropology Department are looking forward to meeting you at the end of September. Should you have any questions on any of the above, please contact Rosie Legg,, (0191) 334 1594.

Course Rep opportunities

All first year students have the opportunity to become a course rep. As a course rep you make positive changes to the educational experience at Durham University and learn new skills. Find out more here.