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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Induction Programme

Congratulations on securing your place to read Philosophy at Durham University! We very much look forward to welcoming you in October and to working with you over the coming three/four years.

We pride ourselves on our excellence in research and teaching and we are all looking forward to you joining us. The Durham Philosophy community is a lively, friendly group of people including undergraduates, postgraduates and staff, committed to the pursuit of Philosophical knowledge. You will be an integral part of life in the Department.

Prof. SC Gibb

Head of Department

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your computing and Information Services (CIS) username.
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system.

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it's important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online - duo
  • Choose the "Banner Self Sevice" link in duo under "External Tools"
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

Module Registration

Module registration is a two stage process which includes:
Selection of modules
Approval of modules
The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules. More information on module registration can be found at:

Pre-arrival Checklist

You should have recieved the following information prior to your arrival:

1. IT log-in details for DUO, so that you can regularly keep up to date with staff communication and select modules.
2. Freshers welcome pack: Welcome letter from the Head of Department, Dr Sophie Gibb
3. Link to Departmental Handbook
4. Reading Lists

If you have not received any of this information, then please contact Mrs Best on 0191 334 6559 or at

Your first week in Durham – University Induction Online Planner 2017

We have put together a comprehensive package of induction activities which will take place between Monday 2nd and Friday 6th October.

Attendance of all of department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part. View the timtable here

Department Induction Timetable

Monday, 2 October 2017
2pm – 3.30pm Venue: ER141, Elvet Riverside
Departmental welcome and introductory briefing on the Department and undergraduate programme and its modules. Advice will be given on module choice and registration procedures. This introductory session will include a short presentation by Laura Dorian from Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017
11am – 12.30pm Venue: Room 203, Calman Learning Centre
Departmental welcome and introductory briefing on the Department and undergraduate programme and its modules. Advice will be given on module choice and registration procedures. This introductory session includes a short presentation by a member of staff from the English Language Centre on services offered.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

2pm - 5pm Venue: Department of Philosophy - Academic Advisor Meetings
Academic staff will be available in their own offices to meet with their advisees. Times to be confirmed by e-mail at a later date

Friday, 6 October 2017

10am - 12 noon

Venue: ER140, Elvet Riverside

Studying Philosophy: an introduction to study skills, methods and resources.

1.30pm-2.30pm and 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Venue: University Library, Science Site
Optional tours of University Library to view the Philosophy book stocks and other library resources. Please meet near the enquiry desk on Level 2. Tours are at 1.30pm and 3.00pm; you are welcome to join either.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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