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Durham University


Student news and testimonials

My favourite undertaking has been my dissertation research. I am currently working on an ethnography on wellbeing within pilgrimage. I walked El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage from Southern France to the West coast of Spain to complete my fieldwork and am now entrenched in writing. The Anthropology Department is filled with intelligent and kind professors, they want you to succeed and their goal is to develop sound anthropologists and critical thinkers. The community of Durham is welcoming and I have enjoyed falling in love with another ‘home away from home’ over the past year. The people of Durham and the surrounding area foster a culture of inclusion and kindness.

Ben Hodapp, Medical Anthropology MSc

There have been numerous highlights for me, one being the opportunity to develop an exhibition from start to finish. It was a year-long process that included every step needed to produce a professional museum exhibition: researching, choosing artefacts, writing text, designing, marketing and installing cases are only some things that I have learned to do. Another highlight was the class discussion and debates had at the end of two of the modules: Approaches to Museum and Artefact Studies, and Museum Principles and Practice. It was particularly interesting listening to and debating with fellow students on issues of ethics, management, collecting and displaying.

Eleonora Falesiedi, Museum and Artefact Studies MA.

There is a phenomenal range of opportunities available to develop as a well-rounded researcher. I have organised a talk series, attended symposia on the philosophy of science, volunteered in the local community, and developed teaching skills and qualifications. This, of course, is in addition to being part of a forward-thinking, diverse scientific community at Durham, with a commitment to outstanding research. A PhD from Durham is already enabling me to develop a network with world-leading researchers across multiple continents. The main strength of studying here is that you are able to access a wealth of opportunities for enhancing and diversifying future career prospects.

Jack Panter, Physics PhD.

The best thing about being a postgraduate student at Durham is the support, both at the supervisory and departmental level. I am consistently asked to deconstruct everything I say and do at every meeting. In turn, the standards of my thesis continuously increase, and a more profound understanding of my subject area is facilitated as I progress through the programme. That feeling of figuring out or understanding something, which once seemed impossible to grasp, is priceless. At the departmental level, there are many opportunities for continuing professional development, which include tutoring and demonstrating to undergraduate students, which provides a platform for developing effective communication and leadership qualities.

Avidesh Seenath, Geography PhD.

For me the best aspect of studying here at Durham has been the chance to be involved with a great, friendly community, both at a university and department level. At a university level I have benefited massively from being part of the university Ultimate Frisbee team, something that has allowed me to be a part of a great team with amazingly friendly people, as well as the chance to compete across the country. I have also been involved in science outreach within the city, from which I have also been able to meet many amazing individuals and communicate some of the exciting work being carried out here in Durham to all ages within the local community.

Jasmin Strickland, Psychology PhD.

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Scottish Soldiers Project - Archaeology Student Involvement

Scottish Soldiers Project - Archaeology Student Involvement

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Postgraduate students from the Department of Archaeology played an important role in the analysis and interpretation of the bones of the Scottish soldiers. Students prepared bone samples and performed initial data analysis as part of the Isotopic and Biomolecular Archaeology module of their postgraduate degree programmes.

"I have to say that I genuinely enjoyed all my seminars as the group size allows you to spend a productive and considerable amount of time with your module leaders." 

Lara Ehrenfried, MA English Literary Studies. 

"Education isn’t an isolated event, being in Durham has helped me broaden my mind and do research outside of my little cocoon. The things I needed to make my student life work here were easily accessible which helped very much. I loved to take walks around Durham, it’s just so nice along the river. Having such a lovely environment really helped when I was stressed with my studies." 

Barbara Mutedzi, MA Anthroplogy Graduate.