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Durham University


Careers and employability

Durham has an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research that will provide an outstanding platform for your future career.

The Careers and Enterprise Centre provides a range of services tailored to meet the very specific needs of our postgraduate students, from helping you plan your career path to assisting with job applications, there are a wide range of events, workshops and individual appointments available to provide the support and guidance you need to help you kick start your career.

Beyond your degree Durham offers a vast array of opportunities and experiences which can help you to hone and develop an enviable set of transferable skills necessary for any future career. This includes membership of committees, clubs and societies and opportunities for voluntary and paid employment.

Your Durham University experiences will help you build up essential skills in team-working, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership. These are all qualities highly valued by regional, national and international employers who know that a degree combined with the unique extracurricular opportunities provided by Durham produces the well-rounded graduates that they want to recruit.

Durham University is ranked 34th in the world for the employability of our graduates.

QS World University Rankings 2018

"Over the course of my PhD, I have come into contact with the Careers Centre on a number of occasions and in different ways: careers talks, courses, and events that helped me to consider and discuss what I might do after submitting my thesis. Later on in my studies, I attended a couple of one-to-one interviews where I discussed my developing plans in more depth. Eventually, and with guidance, I produced a new CV and became much more targeted in the development of my skills and future career. I have found it most helpful just being able to talk through my plans with an adviser and to get impartial feedback."

David Walker, PhD Applied Social Sciences.