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Undergraduate

Admissions Policy

Durham students benefit from research-led teaching by some of the world's leading scholars combined with the distinctive social and pastoral experience of our collegiate system and superb access to extra-curricular activities such as sport and cultural events.

Our admissions policy is fair and transparent and we seek to recruit the most able and most motivated students who can best benefit from a Durham University education. Every application is important to us and we welcome applications from all students irrespective of background.

Multiple factors are taken into account to identify the most able candidates and this is determined by academic staff who are experts in their field and actively involved in teaching their subject. These factors include (1) A-Level (or equivalent) grades; (2) GCSE (or equivalent) grades; (3) the personal statement; (4) the reference; (5) the development of study skills; (6) motivation for the degree programme applied for; (7) independence of thought and working; (8) skills derived from non-academic extra-curricular activities such as engagement in sport, the arts or voluntary and community work; and (9) contextual consideration of merit and potential.

Durham University is a hugely popular choice for prospective students and as a result we receive considerably more high quality applications than the places we have available. In some subjects Durham is now as competitive as Oxbridge for entry and in many subjects three As is the minimum entry qualification. If students do not apply they will not gain entry, so even though it is competitive the most able students from all schools are strongly encouraged to apply and compete for entry.

Information on Durham's admissions policy is available publicly. For more information please visit:

Alternatively please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office on +44 (0)191 334 6128 or email admissions@durham.ac.uk.

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.