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How to apply through UCAS

Apply online

All applications for full-time first degree programmes (e.g. BA, BSc, MEng, MPhys, MSci,) should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) through UCAS Apply.

Courses and codes

When you apply online you will need to include the UCAS code for Durham University which is D86 and the code for your programme which can be found in the Course Database or on UCAS Course Search.

UCAS allows you to apply for a maximum of five programmes. You may apply to programmes located in either Durham City or Queen's Campus, Stockton or both. 

Applying to the same programme at more than one college will not increase your chances of receiving an offer, but will limit the number of other programmes you can apply to and therefore it is not recommended that you do this. If you wish to apply to more than one programme at the University you are encouraged to use the same college preference for each application, unless the programmes are delivered on different campuses.

Personal statement

You will need to include a personal statement to demonstrate your suitability for the programme. More information about how to write a personal statement and what to include can be found here.

College preferences

If you wish to state a preference for a particular college you should indicate your choice on your UCAS application using the college campus codes listed below. Alternatively you can submit an open application and we will allocate your college for you. To make an open application, enter Campus Code O for Durham City courses or Campus Code S for Queen’s Campus courses. 

Academic reference

You will also need to supply an academic reference once you have completed the application. The application, with appropriate registration fee, can then be submitted to UCAS. UCAS will notify you when they receive your application and it will then be forwarded to your chosen universities. 

Application processing

We will write to you to let you know that we have received your application and have started processing it. Please note that this can be a few weeks after sending your application to UCAS.

CollegeCampus CodeLocation
Collingwood 1 Durham City
Stephenson 8 Queen's Campus
Grey G Durham City
Hatfield 2 Durham City
John Snow 7 Queen's Campus
Josephine Butler 9 Durham City
St Aidan's A Durham City
St Chad's 3 Durham City
St Cuthbert's Society 4 Durham City
St Hild and St Bede 5 Durham City
St John's J Durham City
St Mary's M Durham City
Trevelyan T Durham City
University U Durham City

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V Durham City

If you are an international student, as well as submitting your online application through UCAS you will need to send copies of your qualifications and English language test to the International Office. You should email scanned copies of your exam results and English language test certificate as soon as you have them to Please do not send originals as you may need them for your visa appointment.

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Personal statement

How to write your personal statement.

Contact UCAS

If you need help or advice on submitting your application you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit. The contact information for the UCAS Customer Service Unit is as follows:

+44 (0)871 468 0468 - Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 (UK time).

If you have hearing difficulties, call the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468 from within the UK, or on +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) from outside the UK. You will need to ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can write to the UCAS Customer Service Unit at Customer Service Unit, UCAS, PO Box 28, Cheltenham GL52 3LZ.