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Postgraduate

Why choose Durham University?

A world-class learning and student experience

Read for a degree at Durham University and you will have the opportunity to be amongst the best academics and students in your chosen subject.

The strength of our academic excellence is reflected in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results, which is a national exercise to determine the quality of research in UK universities. REF 2014 identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject.

During your time at Durham, you will be taught by world-leading academics who are acknowledged as experts in their fields and who are at the forefront of developments in their subject area. This is demonstrated not only through the research and teaching that they undertake, but also by the worldwide demand for their expertise.

We have exciting proposals for the future, to ensure we continue to produce world-class research, education and student experience. In research, we are recruiting more academic staff and developing links with business and industry. In education, we are developing our teaching and learning offer, including through a state-of-the-art Centre for Teaching and Learning, which will open for 2019/20. In addition, to enhance our student experience, we are investing in new College facilities, sports facilities, drama, music, volunteering and leadership opportunities.

Research and excellence is at our core - 83% of Durham’s research was assessed as "internationally excellent quality" or "world-leading" - REF2014
Member of the prestigious Russell Group - representing leading world class research intensive Universities in the UK
Ranked in the top 40 globally for employer reputation - 2018 QS World University League Rankings

If you have any questions that have not been answered by our webpages then please contact our Postgraduate Admissions team via pg.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people

More needs to be done to provide guidance and support in schools to prevent mental health problems in young people according to a new report.

(23 Nov 2017) » More about schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people


Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices

According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), only one quarter of workers worldwide has a stable employment relationship.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices


How telescope technology is helping treat heart disease

Research using space telescope technology that has ultimately led to better treatments for heart patients has won international recognition.

(17 Oct 2017) » More about how telescope technology is helping treat heart disease


Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile

Monks in Motion

Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.

(31 Aug 2017) » More about Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile


Durham 73rd in world rankings for Physical Sciences

The EAGLE Project Explained

Durham University has been ranked 73rd in the world for Physical Sciences in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings 2017-18. 

(27 Nov 2017) » More about Durham 73rd in world rankings for Physical Sciences


Mars might be drier than previously thought

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new study.

(21 Nov 2017) » More about Mars might be drier than previously thought


Illuminating the Universe

Durham University is one of the world’s leading centres for research into the origins and evolution of the Universe.

(14 Nov 2017) » More about Illuminating the Universe


Student invites Lumiere visitors to Know Thyself

A throbbing red heart that will illuminate one of Durham’s most famous landmarks has been inspired by the historical research of postgraduate student Finola Finn.

(14 Nov 2017) » More about Student invites Lumiere visitors to Know Thyself


Multi-million pound boost to help improve energy technology

A newly announced research centre will see Durham University join forces with two of North East England's other universities to help improve energy technology at an atomic level. 

(8 Nov 2017) » More about Multi-million pound boost to help improve energy technology



‘Tis the season for a concert!

It is almost the end of the term and Durham University’s student musicians are rehearsing for an exciting series of end of term concerts. During the month of December, nearly 600 students will be involved in performing a concert every day until the end of term and are welcoming the community to join them.

The Music Durham winter programme is jam-packed with warming concerts and seasonal festivities with choirs, bands and orchestras performing in a variety of venues across the city. Many student music societies embrace the true spirit of the season by donating ticket profits to local and national charities.

(29 Nov 2017) » More about ‘Tis the season for a concert!


Van Mildert student volunteers win two prestigious Awards

For almost 30 years, community outreach and volunteering has been a way of life at Durham University’s Van Mildert College and this year that commitment was recognised as the College was awarded a prestigious Green Gown Award and a County Durham Environment Award for 'Volunteer Group of the Year'.

(17 Nov 2017) » More about Van Mildert student volunteers win two prestigious Awards


Durham Student wins Rising Star Competition

The winners of a major new economics competition, The Indigo Prize, have been announced, with Durham Geography student Alice Lassman winning the ‘Rising Star’ prize of £10,000 for her entry. The competition celebrates radical and creative thinking in how we measure our modern economy and saw entries from students, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs and leading academics from the UK and around the world, including entries from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Harvard University, and a sixth-form sociology teacher.

(3 Nov 2017) » More about Durham Student wins Rising Star Competition


Careers and Internships Fair 2017

The Careers and Internship Fair taking place on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October in the Howlands Building, is one of a series of events organised by the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre allowing students to meet employers on campus and find out about the work experience and graduate job opportunities available to them. 

Over two days, seventy graduate recruiters from a wide range of sectors will be on campus with the aim of talking to students about graduate schemes, internships and placement opportunities. 

(20 Oct 2017) » More about Careers and Internships Fair 2017



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