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Globally-leading reputation for teaching and research

90% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Our departments offer you the chance to be part of a world top 100 university in a uniquely beautiful and historic location and stimulating environment.
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Our Faculties

Durham University Business School is a Faculty of Durham University. The four Departments in the School are Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Management and Marketing.

Here at Durham University Business School we believe that to succeed in business, you need to get closer to the realities of business. So that’s what we do. We connect students and alumni with global companies. And we link businesses with incisive and innovative thinking.

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We nurture thoughtful, critical and engaged citizens for a rapidly changing and complex world. We provide tools for analysis, interpretation and expression, tools to discuss and compare models of human life and flourishing, tools for imagining the future. 

The six departments and one School of Durham’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities produce highly-ranked and influential research within and across disciplines, languages, and cultures. Each of our departments or schools offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 

The faculty also provides Liberal Arts programmes, and one teaching centre, the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

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The Faculty of Science is made up of eight departments which are responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and for research. 

The Faculty is also responsible for the broad-ranging undergraduate Natural Sciences Degree Programme, which allows students to study science alongside two or more other subjects.

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The Faculty is a diverse community of 4,700 undergraduates, 3,300 postgraduates and over 350 academic and research staff, who are based across 10 academic Departments and Schools, who are engaged in pioneering research and innovative learning. We are regularly ranked within the world's top 50 for the quality and significance of our research, our students enjoy an un-paralleled learning experience and our graduates are some of the most sought after by employers.

The Faculty is also responsible for an undergraduate Combined Honours in Social Sciences programme.

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Explore our Departments

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We look to increase understanding of the social, economic and political interactions arising through the practice of accounting and auditing.
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One of the largest in the UK and one of only a few to span Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology and Anthropology of Health.
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Archaeology has been taught and studied at Durham University since 1931, which makes our staff and students part of a long tradition of learning.


Our research and teaching address fundamentally important questions facing humankind and covers the breadth of the biological sciences.


We're a vibrant research-led department. A thriving centre of scientific activity for teaching and world-leading research in the chemical sciences.
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Classics and Ancient History

Our degrees offer both academic rigour and an outstanding student experience with a diverse and exciting intellectual community.
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Computer Science

We’re proud of our high-quality teaching and research, and the people who make it all happen. We strive to be a friendly place to study and work.

Earth Sciences

We're providing education, research, and knowledge to help shape a sustainable future for Earth and its inhabitants.
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Our research includes economic growth and policy; behavioural economics; quantitative research in financial economics; and environmental and energy economics.
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One of the leading departments for education in the UK, recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for excellence in research and teaching.
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We have outstanding course content that equips young engineers with the problem solving skills of the 21st century.

English Studies

One of the few university English departments in the world who teach and research in literature from the early medieval period to the present day.
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Our research includes financial technologies and financial engineering, capital, decision-making and investment in corporate finance and banking, and green finance.
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Founded in 1928, the Department of Geography at Durham is one of the leading centres of geographical research and education in the world.
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Government and International Affairs

We offer the opportunity to develop a thorough and deep knowledge of the diverse and fascinating world of Political studies.
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Staff and students are part of a vibrant learning community, set within the magnificent location of Durham’s World Heritage Site.
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We're at the forefront of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary debates where our contributions have made a significant impact.
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Management and Marketing

Our work spans all aspects of business activity including operations and innovation management, leadership, marketing and international business.
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Mathematical Sciences

We pride ourselves on combining world-leading research with a dedication to the learning experience of our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
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Modern Languages and Cultures

Our Department consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study.
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We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching to help our students achieve their full potential as creative musicians and scholars.
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For us, philosophy is a joint enterprise, a subject that one makes progress in through conversation, collaboration, and community.
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We're a thriving centre for research and education, driven by outstanding research, performed in an inclusive and welcoming community.
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We're energised teachers, who love our subject and want to share that passion with you. We pride ourselves on being collegiate and welcoming.
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We have a commitment to close partnership working with the local community, and links with voluntary and community sector organisations globally.
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Sport and Exercise Sciences

We’re passionate about improving sport performance, reducing inequality, promoting social justice, and ensuring better health and wellbeing.
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Theology & Religion

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham was founded in 1832 and has established an international reputation.
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Combined Honours and Common Awards

We also have a number of combined and flexible programmes, where students study subjects from a number of different academic departments, and a Common Awards framework for Theology, Ministry and Mission.

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Foundation Programme

Durham University's Foundation Programme has been delivering high-quality academic preparation for undergraduate study at Durham University since 1992.

The Foundation Programme supports students to develop the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. Achieving a minimum of 50% in all modules permits progression to the first year of your degree, without further action or application.

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