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We offer our students exceptional opportunities that will help you become critically and socially engaged graduates of the highest calibre.

The many skills you acquire alongside your degree can be harnessed for your career, allowing you to articulate them in an outward-facing manner.


This strategy is at the very centre of our planning. It is no surprise, therefore, to find that our graduates have gone on to find successful careers in a wide variety of fields, from the civil service, law, banking and business, to teaching, academia, media, journalism, the military and further study.


When seeking a reference, we advise that you should approach tutors who know you and your work well.

To help guide you with this process we arrange for advisors from the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to provide short presentations to each year group as part of joined up sessions with an Academic Careers Contact and the Head of Undergraduate Studies.

Alumni careers

For more information about the kinds of careers our graduates have gone onto and how their time at Durham University helped in their career prospects, please see some of the profiles below.


Learn more about Annabel, a trainee solicitor in London
Two Businesswomen Meeting


Learn more about Mark, who has worked in management consultancy and teaching
Two people work together at a computer


Learn more about Paul, who has worked in heritage tourism
Cobbled street leading up to Durham Cathedral.


Learn more about Jane, the British High Commissioner to Kenya
A map showing Kenya


Learn more about Alan, who was Bishop of Blackburn
Candle on an oak wooden table


Learn more about Stephen, who has worked as a chartered accountant
Stacks of coins create shadows across a graph


Learn more about Olivia, who works at a media agency in Sydney
Printing press producing newspapers


Learn more about Maria, a Professor Emerita at London School of Economics
An open book featuring Athenian philosopher, Plato.

Revd Dr Liz Hoare

Learn more about Revd Dr Liz Hoare, who teaches at a theological college
A Catholic priest holding his hands together


Learn more about Nick, a partner in a tax consultancy practice
People are standing up shaking hands


Learn more about Sally, who works in education policy
Students sitting round a table with laptops


Learn more about Lesley, who worked in primary education
Examples of children's education books

John Hamer OBE

Learn more about John Hamer OBE, who has worked in history and heritage education
Various items of pottery on display in a glass cabinet


Learn more about Lauren, who works as an intelligence analyst
Analysing data on a computer