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Globally-leading reputation for teaching and research
Durham has a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2018-2021) and 83% of our research is rated “Internationally Excellent and World Leading" (REF 2014).
Our departments offer you the chance to be part of a world top 100 university in a uniquely beautiful and historic location and stimulating environment.
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Archaeology
Archaeology has been taught and studied at Durham University since 1931, which makes our staff and students part of a long tradition of learning.
Anthropology
One of the largest in the UK and one of only a few to span Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology and Anthropology of Health.
Biosciences
Our research and teaching address fundamentally important questions facing humankind and covers the breadth of the biological sciences.
Business School
A truly international business school with over 100 nationalities represented, where experts share a passion for exceptional teaching and research.
Classics and Ancient History
Our degrees offer both academic rigour and an outstanding student experience with a diverse and exciting intellectual community.
Computer Science
We’re proud of our high-quality teaching and research, and the people who make it all happen. We strive to be a friendly place to study and work.
Chemistry
We're a vibrant research-led department. A thriving centre of scientific activity for teaching and world-leading research in the chemical sciences.
Earth Sciences
We're providing education, research, and knowledge to help shape a sustainable future for Earth and its inhabitants.
Education
One of the leading departments for education in the UK, recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for excellence in research and teaching.
Engineering
We have outstanding course content that equips young engineers with the problem solving skills of the 21st century.
English Studies
One of the few university English departments in the world who teach and research in literature from the early medieval period to the present day.
Geography
Founded in 1928, the Department of Geography at Durham is one of the leading centres of geographical research and education in the world.
History
Staff and students are part of a vibrant learning community, set within the magnificent location of Durham’s World Heritage Site.
Law
We're at the forefront of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary debates where our contributions have made a significant impact.
Mathematical Sciences
We pride ourselves on combining world-leading research with a dedication to the learning experience of our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Modern Languages and Cultures
Our Department consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study.
Music
We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching to help our students achieve their full potential as creative musicians and scholars.
Philosophy
For us, philosophy is a joint enterprise, a subject that one makes progress in through conversation, collaboration, and community.
Psychology
We're energised teachers, who love our subject and want to share that passion with you. We pride ourselves on being collegiate and welcoming.
Physics
We're a thriving centre for research and education, driven by outstanding research, performed in an inclusive and welcoming community.
Sociology
We have a commitment to close partnership working with the local community, and links with voluntary and community sector organisations globally.
School of Government and International Affairs
We offer the opportunity to develop a thorough and deep knowledge of the diverse and fascinating world of Political studies.
Sport and Exercise Sciences
We’re passionate about improving sport performance, reducing inequality, promoting social justice, and ensuring better health and wellbeing.
Theology & Religion
The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham was founded in 1832 and has established an international reputation.
 
 
Combined Honours and Common Awards
We also have a number of combined and flexible programmes, where students study subjects from a number of different academic departments, and a Common Awards framework for Theology, Ministry and Mission at Durham.
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Foundation Programme
Durham University's Foundation Programme has been delivering high-quality academic preparation for undergraduate study at Durham University since 1992.
The Foundation Programme supports students to develop the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. Achieving a minimum of 50% in all modules permits progression to the first year of your degree, without further action or application.
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