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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Information for New Students

This information is for students who have places to start Phase I Medicine at Durham University's Queen's Campus in October 2015.

Congratulations on gaining your place. We look forward to welcoming you in September, in the meantime there are a few things to help you prepare for your start with us.

The School have already contacted you regarding Immunisations and Disclosure prior to arrival. Please ensure that you fulfil all requested of you by the August 21st deadline.

Reminders here on why these are required:

Disclosure (Crimimnal Record Checks)

Health Requirements for Admission

Student Enrolment

All students need to enrol with Durham University. It is essential that you do this as soon as possible otherwise you will not be able to access the full IT facilities when you arrive. The Student Enrolment System opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. You will receive two emails (24 hours apart - please check the account you supplied at the point of application) with your username and password for accessing University IT. The emails are sent out after your acceptance of your place at Durham has been processed. You will use your username throughout your studies. First steps - you will need to change your password and then complete your online enrolment. This secure area is accessed by logging into Durham University Online (DUO), the University's networked learning environment. You can access DUO via - click on the "Banner Self Service" link once you have logged in successfully. You complete online enrolment by confirming or updating your personal details and agreeing to the University's rules and regulations.
Completing Enrolment will give you access to your personal email address and access to view information from your department and college in DUO.
If you enrol early enough, you will also have the opportunity to upload a photograph for your campus card (student ID card) which means you won't have to queue for a card upon arrival.

Once you have enrolled, you will have access to the Medicine Fresher's duo site. There's lots of information available there, either now, or over the next few weeks, including the Phase I Handbook, an Academic Development Handbook, introductions to your lecturers and much more.

Term Dates

New student induction: Monday 5th October - Friday 11th October 2015. You must bring a passport photograph with you to induction on Monday if you have not already uploaded one. Details about Medicine induction will be available following online registration on the freshers duo site.

Teaching begins on Monday 12th October 2015.

  • Michealmas Term: 12th October 2015 - 18th December 2015
  • Epiphany Term: 11th January 2016 - 18th March 2016
  • Easter Term: 18th April 2016 - 24th June 2016

You are expected to be available throughout the terms as compulsory taught sessions may be scheduled at any time during these periods.

Your first week in Durham – Induction Timetable

We have put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Wednesday 30th September for International students and from Monday 5th - Friday 9th October for home undergraduates.

Details of Medicine specific activities can be found in Freshers' Duo. Attendance of all of department-based activities is compulsory. You can also use the Online Induction Planner to discover your first week’s activities by College and Department