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Helping you plan for your future

Durham Ranked in World Top 50 for Employer Reputation


Durham University has been ranked amongst the world’s leading universities for employer reputation in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

What you achieve academically and experience as a person whilst at Durham University will contribute to your future.

Your Durham University experiences will help you build up a range of skills including teamworking, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership. These are all qualities highly valued by international, national and regional employers who know that a degree combined with a unique Durham life experience is just what they need from graduates that they recruit.

We can help you to start planning your career from day one of your studies. We can offer you specific advice and a variety of support as you journey towards your preferred career.

Durham degrees open doors...

  • 88% of our graduates secured employment within six months of graduating 
  • The median salary for first time degree leavers in full time employment is £23,000.

2013/14 DLHE Destination of Leavers Survey

Support and advice

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Alumni Office as many Durham alumni (former students) can offer help and useful advice on careers in their employment sector. You may be able to talk to them about particular job roles and read about their experiences of finding work in different sectors. They also provide an extensive network of contacts and opportunities, both in the UK and abroad after you have left Durham.

The Facts:

  • 88% of our graduates secured employment or further study within six months of graduating
  • 30% went on to further study or professional training
  • 6% of our students took time out to travel after their study
  • The average starting salary in a full time graduate level job from Durham is currently £23,000
  • Over 350 careers events and presentations were held in 2014/2015, with involvement from 100 different employers.

2013/14 DLHE Destination of Leavers Survey

Find out more about the careers Durham graduates to on to and the companies they work for at What Durham Graduates Do

Postgraduate Studies

You may decide you want to continue in Higher Education and go on to Postgraduate study. Durham offers a comprehensive range of courses for both Taught and Research Postgraduate students, along with a range of options to help fund further study. Find out more by visiting out Postgraduate webpages

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New postgraduate funding source

Working in partnership with an established credit union, Durham University is delighted to be able to offer UK postgraduate taught students of all ages the opportunity of applying for low cost ethical loans. Find out more about the Durham University NEFirst Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

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