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Durham ranked 6th in the UK

(25 April 2018)

Durham University is ranked 6th in the UK according to the 2019 Complete University Guide – cementing its place as one of the UK’s leading universities. 

In addition to the overall ranking, two 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 six years, is joined in first place by the Music department. As well as the two top ranked subjects, Durham makes the top ten for 31 of the 33 subjects offered.

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University said: “Maintaining our ranking as one of the UK’s top universities in the Complete University Guide is fabulous news as the guide uses a range of measures to establish overall rankings including student satisfaction, graduate prospects, and investment in academic and student facilities.”

Investing in the future

Professor Corbridge added: “Our ten year University Strategy launched in 2017 delivering an investment of close to £1 billion in our staff, students and digital and physical infrastructure. We have made good progress with its implementation with several projects now underway. Our innovative new £40m Centre for Teaching and Learning is taking shape and due for completion in September 2019, and we have recently announced plans for a new building to house the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments.”

“We are also investing in our wider student experience to make it the best in the UK. In March we announced an investment of £2.4m to redevelop the 150 year old Assembly Rooms, our 220 seat theatre venue. This is in addition to our multi-million pound investment in the University’s main sports facilities at Maiden Castle.

Continuing recent successes

These results follow Durham’s recent success in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2018. In these the University recorded its highest ever number of subjects in the world top 50, including three that maintain their places in the World Top 10 -Theology & Religion (3rd); Archaeology (5th) and Geography (6th).

Find out more about the Durham University Strategy at and our investment in facilities at

Complete University Guide measures

The Complete University Guide overall 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.

For more information about the Complete University Guide visit:

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