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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Durham Graduate Destinations

Finding out what our graduates have gone on to do after leaving is very important and we collect information from graduates after they leave university, to find out more about what they are doing. Data is now collected 15 months after graduation using the new Graduate Outcomes survey. The first survey was conducted in December 2018, with the data published in summer 2020.

We will shortly be providing the 2017-18 leavers destination figures for the University from the Graduate Outcomes survey but whilst we work on that you can find the data at the national level on the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) website.

What Durham Graduates Do

You can use the links below to view the destinations figures for the University from the last Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey (2016/17). This data was collected 6 months after graduation. The information provided includes data on the number of graduates that were in work and/or further study, the average salary of graduates and their job titles and employers. You can select either Faculty or individual Department level data. Paper based destination information, including departmental breakdowns, is also available within the Careers & Enterprise Centre.

The information reflects the destinations of students six months after graduation. At this stage it is important to take into account that not all graduates have made specific career choices or entered a graduate level job role; indeed some graduates are working in temporary employment or taking additional time to volunteer or gain appropriate work experience. You will also find many examples of graduates that have entered graduate schemes or professional careers. This reinforces the high esteem in which Durham students continue to be held by the most selective of employers. The destination data is an excellent means of generating career ideas based on what your peers have gone on to do but also effectively illustrates the point that as a Durham graduate the range of career options open to you are incredibly broad, irrespective of degree discipline!

Graduate statistics

Comparing graduate destinations

Destinations data, provided by HESA, is one element often used in national press league tables to compare different institutions, usually on a subject basis.

National league tables include:

Please be aware that methodology used to calculate the scores in each league table is different.

Postgraduate Destinations information

If you are interested in postgraduate destinations information click here.