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A decade in the top 10 for Durham

(26 April 2017)

Durham University is ranked 6th in the UK according to 2018 Complete University Guide – reaffirming its place in the top 10 since the Guide was launched. 

In addition to the overall ranking three of Durham’s academic departments are ranked first for their subject. Durham’s English department, top ranked in the Complete University Guide for the past five years, has been joined in first place by the Music and Education departments. As well as the three top ranked subjects, Durham makes the top ten for 32 of the 33 subjects offered.

Sustained success

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University said: “Durham has been ranked in the Complete University Guide’s top ten UK universities for the past ten consecutive years and we are pleased to have maintained our overall position of 6th this year. 

Investing in the future

“There is always more we can do to improve and we have recently developed an ambitious ten-year University Strategy, with the goal of delivering world-leading and world-changing research; education that is challenging, difficult, enabling and transformative; and a wider student experience to rival the best in the world. As part of the strategy we will be investing in a number of areas, including new student teaching and sport facilities.”

Find out more about the Durham University strategy at

League table methodologies

The main league table is compiled using ten measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards, Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours Degrees; Graduate Prospects and Completion.

The subject tables are based on five measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects.

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