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All undergraduate applications to Durham University should be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Before you apply you should:

  • Research which course or courses you would like to study. All of our courses are shown on our Course Database. You can see whether a course is open by checking UCAS Course Search.
  • Decide whether you would like to state a college preference or submit an open application (where we allocate your college for you)
  • Check you can meet the entry requirements
  • Research tuition fees and living costs.

To begin your online application please go to UCAS Apply.

Deferred entry

If you wish to take a year out between school and university you should check your nominated department's policy on deferred entry (see each departmental entry or website).

Some departments welcome applications submitted during your last year at school, particularly if you are seeking to gain experience relevant to your degree. Others would prefer you to apply in the year between school and university.

Help with your application

We hope you find all the information you need here, but if you do have any further questions we will be pleased to help.

If you have course-related questions these should be directed to the Admissions Selector in the academic department in which you wish to study. For contact details please see our course database.

If you have any questions about how to apply or the application process at Durham University and you are from the UK or EU, these should be directed to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office by email at or by calling +44 (0)191 334 6128.

International students

Our International Office staff are happy to help students applying from outside of the UK and EU with any questions they may have about studying at and applying to Durham University.

They travel throughout the year and will be pleased to meet applicants in their own country where possible. Please click here for full details of our travel calendar. The University also has representatives in many countries who can help you with your application. 

You can also contact the international office by email at or call +(44)191 334 6328.

Disabilities... If you have a disability or medical condition which may affect your studies, we would be pleased to talk to you to discuss any support you may need during your time with us. More information about the services we can offer is available on the Disability Service website.