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Department of Engineering

About Us

'The course is wide and interesting, with plenty of potential for specialisation in the third and fourth years. The design exercises in the second and third year are an excellent opportunity to gain real world experience, and make a Durham Engineering graduate particularly appealing to employers.'

Paul Chambers, Graduate

Our Department

Our aim in the Department of Engineering is to give the best education possible, providing an encouraging, supportive and intellectually challenging environment where students can develop their skills and enhance their employability.

Our academic staff are all actively engaged in research at the frontiers of modern engineering analysis, design and practice. Their passion and knowledge is brought into all courses, where students are exposed to, and actively involved in, cutting-edge research that goes on within the Department.

We are ranked 5th in The Complete University Guide 2018 as we provide outstanding course content that equips young engineers with the problem solving skills of the 21st century.


We have a long history and tradition of Engineering. Engineering has been taught at Durham University since 1838 making it the first course of its kind in England. We have helped to shape the past and continue to shape the future.