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Durham University


Postgraduate study

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A world-class learning and student experience

The strength of our academic excellence is reflected in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results, which 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.

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.

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 Teaching and Learning Centre, 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 78th in the QS World University Rankings® 2020.

World Top 40

in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 for employer reputation.


of our subjects are ranked in the UK top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2020.

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Postgraduate Study at Durham University

Postgraduate Study at Durham University

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Learn more at: A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.

We want to beat the drum for Durham.

We want to challenge you, bring out the best and inspire you.

We want you to beat the drum at Durham.

Explore the film's locations

Blast Beach

Only a 25-minute journey away from Durham City, this beach is a remarkable natural gem of a location and National Trust site along the County Durham Heritage Coast.

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Durham Cathedral

Matriculation in the Cathedral marks the start of your academic journey at Durham. Once successful, you return here to graduate from Durham University.

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State-of-the-art Facilities

Durham University combines it's unique heritage with state of the art, high-tech facilities, like the featured wind tunnel on our Science Site in Lower Mountjoy, to support and boost your studies.

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Wind tunnel at Durham Univeristy

What is studying here really like? Our student bloggers know best

Climbing Durham Cathedral Tower

Climbing Durham Cathedral Tower

There’s a university-wide superstition that if you climb the Durham Cathedral tower before you graduate, then you won’t graduate. This belief has existed for many years, and so a tradition was The post Climbing Durham Cathedral Tower appeared first on Durham University - Student Blogs.

(27 Jun 2019) » Climbing Durham Cathedral Tower

Libraries of Durham

Libraries of Durham

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student facing the impending Easter term must be in want of a study space. Whichever method of examination your degree requires – The post Libraries of Durham appeared first on Durham University - Student Blogs.

(3 May 2019) » Libraries of Durham

Enjoying the Easter break in Durham and beyond

Enjoying the Easter break in Durham and beyond

Durham is particularly quiet over the Easter break apart from the open days. Making the most of your time in this picturesque city over the holidays and earning a well-deserved The post Enjoying the Easter break in Durham and beyond appeared first on Durham University - Student Blogs.

(18 Apr 2019) » Enjoying the Easter break in Durham and beyond