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Durham University



Durham University does not use interviews as a means for selection except in the following circumstances:

  • where external bodies determine that interviewing is compulsory (for example applicants to Initial Teacher Training)
  • applicants to the Foundation Centre
  • applicants who do not in their application show adequate evidence of recent and relevant knowledge or who have experienced a break in their study prior to application. This will be determined by academic departments on an individual basis having considered all the information provided in the application.

In exceptional circumstances it might be necessary to hold an interview, but this really is truly exceptional and as a matter of course other than the circumstances listed above we do not use interviews to make admissions decisions. Some departments hold events to enable applicants to consider what the department and programme has to offer. These events do not involve interviews and form no part of the information we use to make an admissions decision. Details of these events can be found on individual departmental web pages. Applicants who are resident outside of the UK will not normally be invited to attend an interview.