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Undergraduate

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted to the University, a student must satisfy the entry requirements of the programme and the matriculation regulations*. Undergraduate students must also have been admitted to a college or recognised society within the University or to an affiliated college.

You will find details of typical entry requirements on departmental web-pages. You should read them carefully. They will tell you which qualifications you are likely to need. Please see the course database for details.

*Matriculation is the act of placing a student's name upon the matricula or roll of members of the University. Regulations for Matriculation can be found in the University Calendar.

Alternative qualifications

School-leaving qualifications from many other countries are acceptable. Please see UK and EU qualifications and International qualifications.

  • Students of high ability, but who have not been able to study for qualifications normally accepted by the University, may be eligible to enter the Foundation Centre.
  • International students whose first language is not English will need an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no component below 6.0) for any programme of study except Foundation Programmes). For alternative qualifications, please see www.durham.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/1.3.3_other_accepted_indication_of_english_language_proficiency/1.3.3.1/.
  • International students who are unsure whether their qualifications are acceptable for admission may seek advice from the International Office (international.office@durham.ac.uk)
  • We will also be pleased to consider your application if you do not possess standard qualifications, but are able to demonstrate sufficient motivation and ability to pursue work to degree standard. We look for people who are enthusiastic and who may have obtained relevant experience or taken examinations at work. Everything you tell us will be of interest, and helpful to the Admissions Selector(s).

UCAS Course Search

UCAS are currently experiencing difficulties with the way results are returned for Durham University in UCAS Course Search. Not all relevant courses at every institution may be returned and there are inconsistencies in the order that search results are reported (these are not always in alphabetical order). For a number of courses Durham University is listed towards the very end of listings and for some others relevant Durham University courses are not returned at all by a search. Applicants are therefore advised to check all results pages on UCAS Course Search and to check on our website if their chosen course is not listed on UCAS Course Search, to ensure they are fully aware of all the opportunities open to them.