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Congratulations and Welcome to Physics

I am delighted that you have chosen Physics at Durham for your studies. We are dedicated to ensuring that you get the best undergraduate learning experience, providing you with an intellectually challenging environment, developing your skills and preparing you for your future career. You will learn from internationally renowned Physicists working on innovative research ranging from the smallest to the largest scale, and from the most fundamental to the most applied. I look forward to welcoming you to Durham this September.

Professor Paula Chadwick
Head of the Physics Department


University student
Congratulations on getting a place amongst the physics student cohort at Durham! You can look forward to an excellent physics course taught by brilliant academic staff and an amazing student life surrounding it. There will be lots of opportunities for you to get involved, develop yourself and discover new interests at the numerous clubs and societies at college and university level. As we are always striving to improve the student experience, if you have any feedback for the department please contact your course representatives! Enjoy!

Jochem Langen
Course Rep - MPhys

After you have confirmed your place at Durham and a University IT account has been set up for you, you will gain access to induction information via SharePoint and Blackboard (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment).

Programme and module registration

Information, including advice on module choices, will become available to you via SharePoint. You will need to submit your optional module choices in advance of your arrival in Durham in the online registration system. For the time being, please do not worry about this – no action is needed until September.



What to do first

First of all, enrol online then consult the Physics Blackboard Induction and SharePoint sites.

Next step

Enrol online

This is the first and most important step you should take before you arrive. You can enrol 6 weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules (via Banner system)

From 1 September, register for your programme and specific modules after reading the departmental guidance.
Science Site and Bill Bryson Library



Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
Durham Cathedral and Framwellgate Bridge over the River Wear

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Get in touch

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Department of Physics
Durham University
Lower Mountjoy
South Road
United Kingdom