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A research-led education

When you join Durham University you will be joining a world top 100 University where our postgraduate students are fully immersed in the world-class research culture. The results of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 fully confirm Durham's international profile in research with 83 per cent of Durham’s research being assessed as internationally excellent quality or world leading, categorised as 3* or 4*. REF 2014 identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject. Areas of particular strength include Anthropology, Archaeology, Chemistry, Classics, Education, English, Law, Music, Physics and Theology. For research impact, Chemistry and Education were top amongst their respective subjects in the country and Theology was second nationally.

Further details on our research outputs, research environment, and research impact are available on our REF webpages.

Modules studied by taught students are developed as a result of this world-class research being conducted, and postgraduate research students work in collaboration with academics to push forward the boundaries of their subject. Durham provides a place where students at every stage of their career will find a supportive environment to develop themselves and their ideas.

Find out more about our taught postgraduate degrees and research degrees.

Ranked 2nd in the UK for Research Citations

QS World University Rankings 2016/17.

“I chose Durham University because I wanted to join a great research group with well-equipped laboratories and world-class facilities. My department is one of the best in the UK, and my supervisors are renowned experts in my field of study. I made an informed decision to come to Durham based on its reputation, research scopes and the strategic location in the North East.

My study experience has been absolutely fascinating; the amount of support and encouragement I get from my supervisors is impeccable. They nurture you to become a good scientist, encourage you to publish papers in reputable journals, and to share your research findings in both local and international conferences.” 

Munira Raji, PhD student. 


Durham University’s research and development strengths have been highlighted with a prestigious award celebrating partnerships with industry. The University and Procter & Gamble (P&G) won the Royal Society of Chemistry Teamwork in Innovation Award for 2015. The annual award recognises outstanding examples of teamwork in promoting innovation through industry-academia partnerships. 

World leading research across all Durham University subjects

REF 2014 identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject.