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Department of Classics and Ancient history

Our Department of Classics & Ancient History is large and successful, and we are consistently ranked as one of the UK's top departments for research and teaching in that subject.

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English Studies

We are one of few university-level English departments in the world that both teach and research literature produced in Britain from the early medieval period, to the present day, as well as anglophone literature from across the globe.

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Department of History

We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

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Department of Music

Our Music Department has internationally recognised research expertise in a wide variety of topics including musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology.

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Department of Philosophy

We are an open and friendly department, which accommodates work in both ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ Western philosophical traditions.

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Department of Theology and Religion

Our Department has flourished at Durham University since its foundation in 1832, and has established an international reputation as one of the leading departments in its field.

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School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Its community of academics, teachers and support staff aims to foster a world-class student experience.

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Within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, you can choose to study: