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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 Online InductionPlanner 2018

We have put together a comprehensive package of induction activities which will take place between Monday 1st and Friday 5th 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. Paln your week using the Online Induciton Planner

We are looking forward to meeting you!