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Postgraduate study

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.

World Top 100 University

ranked 97th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and 78th in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

World Top 50

in the QS World University RankingsĀ® 2018 for employer reputation.

Over 90%

of our subjects are ranked in the UK top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2019.

Your next steps


Thousands of far-flung galaxies revealed

Astronomers have captured a spectacular image of a massive galaxy cluster embedded among nearly thousands of previously unseen galaxies scattered across space and time.

Zooming onto the galaxy cluster Abell 370

(13 Sep 2018) » More about Thousands of far-flung galaxies revealed

North-South divide in chronic pain

England has a North-South ‘pain divide’, with a clear geographical split in the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain and the use of potentially addictive opioid pain killers, shows new research.

(12 Sep 2018) » More about North-South divide in chronic pain

Protecting against volcanic ash

A first of its kind study, led by Dr Claire Horwell of the Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, has found that industry-certified particle masks are most effective at protecting people from volcanic ash, whilst commonly used surgical masks offer less protection.

(11 Sep 2018) » More about Protecting against volcanic ash