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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

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


Counting down to Lumiere 2017

The clock is ticking down to the UK’s biggest light festival which returns to Durham for the fifth time from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.

(9 Nov 2017) » More about Counting down to Lumiere 2017


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


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


Starting school at a younger age could benefit children in South Africa

Children in South Africa could benefit from starting school a year earlier, according to new research by Durham University in the UK and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

(24 Oct 2017) » More about Starting school at a younger age could benefit children in South Africa


Exploring why some primates have bigger brains

The accepted view of why some primates, including apes and humans, have evolved to have large brains is contested in new research from the Department of Anthropology. The study also questions whether brain size is a useful indicator of cognitive ability. 

(18 Oct 2017) » More about Exploring why some primates have bigger brains



Van Mildert student volunteers win Green Gown Award

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.

(17 Nov 2017) » More about Van Mildert student volunteers win Green Gown Award


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


Durham officially the Best Student Community

As students prepare to arrive at Durham University for a new academic year, they can be assured they are officially part of the UKs Best Student Community, according to this year’s National Student Housing Survey (NSHS).

The award reflects Durham’s commitment to delivering the best possible student experience and reinforces its position as a leader in UK higher education, having been recognised as one of the top universities both nationally and globally in a range of respected rankings.

(7 Sep 2017) » More about Durham officially the Best Student Community



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