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Durham University


Graduate prospects

Your success is at the heart of what we do here at Durham University. Our alumni go on to help shape the world and contribute to the society in which we live, whether that be through entrepreneurial business activity, charity, sport, sciences or arts and media.

“Staff here are truly committed to training, mentoring, and collaborating with students. The benefits I gained from them was not just about writing high-quality papers, but about shaping
both my research and teaching abilities, and pushing me to become a better academic. I had access to excellent experts in different fields who were more than happy to explore my ideas, discuss their research, and guide me throughout my own research.

As I look around the campus of where I now work in the USA, I feel certain that Durham University helped my ability to compete for top jobs on the international academic market.”

Dr Adrián Gras-Velázquez, PhD graduate.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College, USA.

“Durham University has provided me with great opportunities to enhance my profile. I have presented my work at departmental and college level as well as attending seminars/workshops/ conferences. I have had the chance to get some first-hand experience at the European Commission as a trainee, and I have been a visiting student at the European University Institute in Florence. Durham has also helped me to build up a network of people which was essential when gaining employment after graduation.”

Annegret Engel,
PhD in EU Law graduate.
Lecturer at Cardiff University.

“Durham was key to securing my current position. I believe the MSc programme enhanced my ability to conduct insightful analysis, helping me to develop skills I currently use in my job as an analyst. In addition to precious technical knowledge, studying and living with selected and driven individuals from all over the world strengthened my self-confidence and enhanced my ambitious spirit. I believe this, ultimately, allowed me to stand out in the job market.”

Serafino Capoferri,
MSc Economics and Finance graduate.
Research Analyst Steel Raw Materials,
CRU Analysis.

Durham graduates are highly sought after by regional, national and international employers. In 2014/15 89.3% of UK & EU postgraduate research and 92.2% of postgraduate taught leavers have gone into work and/or further study within six months of leaving Durham.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2015.