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Excellence in research, teaching and employability of our students

We are one of the world’s top archaeology departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research, teaching and employability of our students. Within the UK, Durham Archaeology was ranked seventh by the Guardian University Guide 2023. The most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF2014) ranked the Department second by grade point average, and first for research intensity.

Globally, the 2022 QS World University Rankings list Durham as one of the top ten archaeology departments. Our work spans the humanities, sciences and professional practice, extends geographically from East Asia to the UK, and chronologically from the Palaeolithic to the present.

Our Strategic Vision

Our vision is to build upon our strengths as a world-class research department. In doing so, we will maintain a strategic and opportunistic orientation, whilst remaining ethical, authentic and sincere. We will offer broad thematic, chronological and geographical coverage, with world-class fieldwork projects, scientific expertise and a laboratory and commercial infrastructure to match.

We will be an outward-looking community – collaborating strategically with a worldwide network of scholars, institutions and heritage agencies. Our archaeological and interdisciplinary research will help tackle some of the ‘Global Challenges’ facing the world. It will also create demonstrable societal and economic impacts.

We will deliver excellent teaching and learning to talented students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, led by our research strengths and informed by the needs of our stakeholders. Our teaching will also reflect archaeology’s interdisciplinary associations with a wide range of subjects (from the bio-, geo- and material-sciences to history, anthropology and visual culture).

Our Opportunities

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