Studying at Durham University
Choosing to study at university is a great way to keep learning about a subject you love, and gain a qualification called a degree. When students go to university for the first time, they are called undergraduates. A typical undergraduate degree involves three years of studying. Some courses also offer the option of studying on a year abroad or doing a placement year, working in an industry of your choice to gain experience. These courses last for four years. If you decide you want to keep studying after your undergraduate degree, you can choose various higher-level postgraduate options, including a Masters or PhD qualification. However, some students choose to study an integrated Masters course as their undergraduate degree. This means they study for four years and achieve as Master degree at the end instead of an undergraduate degree.
When choosing their course, most students choose their favourite subject, or a subject linked to a career they want to do. At school, you might be studying seven, ten or maybe even more different subjects. At university, most students one study one subject, but sometimes they may combine two or three subjects within their degree. Combined honours courses are often a good choice if you have more than one favourite subject within similar areas. For example, if you enjoy science, you could choose to study a Natural Sciences degree, and include Maths, Physics and Chemistry (as long as the timetable allows it!). You may wish to study a new subject you haven't been able to study at school such as Anthropology which is the study of humans or Sociology which is the study of social and cultural systems. If you would like to read more about our undergraduate courses, please follow this link.
Here, you can see a short list of some of the undergraduate degree options available at Durham. There are hundreds of courses to choose from, split into key subject areas. To search all of our available courses for the 2020/21 academic year, please click here.
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Studying an Arts or Humanities subject at Durham
Sunita is a third year English student at Durham. In this video, she talks about what it’s like to study an arts or humanities style subject at Durham University. For more resources, please visit our website: durham.ac.uk/schools.outreach/onlineresources (Music credit: www.bensound.com)
We have started to explore some of the terms used at university throughout this page, but there is a lot of vocab that's different to school. Watch our videos below to see some of these terms explained and gain an insight into studying at Durham University.
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