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Postgraduate

Why choose Durham University?

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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

UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk

Strict controls would be “a necessity” to minimise the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.

(15 Feb 2018) » More about UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk


Commissioners announced for creativity and education partnership

Durham University and Arts Council England have announced the names of 17 Commissioners appointed to the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

(19 Feb 2018) » More about Commissioners announced for creativity and education partnership


Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research

The Department of Anthropology’s Primate and Predator Project was showcased on BBC One’s Animals with Cameras show on Thursday 8 February, looking at their work with local farmers to try and stop crop raiding by baboons. Based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, the project aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation. Here project Director Professor Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, discusses the challenges of managing a research project abroad and successfully engaging with local communities. 

(8 Feb 2018) » More about Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research


Understanding seal behaviour

Dr Sean Twiss has been studying seal behaviour for 30 years and has recently featured on the BBC’s Winterwatch programme. Here Dr Twiss, of the Department of Biosciences, tells us more about his latest research and why seals are as individual as we are. 

(1 Feb 2018) » More about Understanding seal behaviour


International award for Durham University chemist

Prof Jas Pal Badyal (r) receives the Chemical Research Society of India’s International Medal

A chemist whose research is helping to harvest clean drinking water and has waterproofed millions of mobile phones has been awarded a major international honour.

(30 Jan 2018) » More about International award for Durham University chemist


Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research

Professor Stefan Przyborski, Biosciences, Durham University

Innovative three dimensional (3D) cell culture technology is giving scientists the ability to grow realistic human tissues for more effective drug testing while reducing the need for animal research.

(18 Jan 2018) » More about Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research


Durham’s cosmology research lights up London

Cosmoscope at Lumiere Durham 2017

Research by Durham University scientists into the evolution of galaxies lit up London as part of a major festival.

(16 Jan 2018) » More about Durham’s cosmology research lights up London


First director appointed to new Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

An international centre for the study of Spanish and Latin American art has appointed its inaugural director.

(20 Dec 2017) » More about First director appointed to new Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art


Why the best teachers should be in reception classes

Primary schools should consider putting their best teachers into Reception classes according to researchers at Durham University, who found that children who were taught well in their first year went on to achieve better GCSE results in English and Maths. 

(15 Dec 2017) » More about Why the best teachers should be in reception classes



Student Volunteers take part in national event

From 19 to 25 February, Durham University students will take part in Student Volunteering Week 2018, a nationwide initiative that encourages university students to volunteer within their local communities. 

Students have a fantastic chance to learn new skills, improve post-graduate job prospects, and give something of value back to the local community – all as part of Student Volunteering Week 2018.

(16 Feb 2018) » More about Student Volunteers take part in national event


Durham Drama Festival 2018

The 43rd Durham Drama Festival takes to the stage from the 4 - 11 February, at venues across Durham city with a programme of new student written plays and performances for everyone to enjoy.

(2 Feb 2018) » More about Durham Drama Festival 2018


National Student Survey 2018 - Now open

The National Student Survey 2018 launches today and final year students at Durham University are being encouraged to take part to share their views on their university expereince.

 

(22 Jan 2018) » More about National Student Survey 2018 - Now open


‘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!



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