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Background photo of a person in a lab coat and gloves cleaning remains of a boot, overlaid with text reading 'Joint 5th in the world'. Below the image is written 'Archaeology' and the QS World University Rankings logo.

The Department of Archaeology is delighted to announce that we have been ranked =5th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

The rankings, announced in March 2024 assessed over 18,300 subjects from 1,597 institutions across the world, based on academic and employer reputation, citations per academic paper, impact and quality of research and international research collaboration factors. 

This is an increase of our ranking of 10th globally in 2023 and recognises the department of Archaeology’s commitment to being a globally leading centre of research and education.

Recent research carried out by colleagues in our department includes Dr Ran Zhang and team’s new study into the complex development of the Chinese ceramic industry and Dr Marta Diaz-Guardamino and her team’s discovery of a stela that challenges long-standing interpretations of how the carvings represent gender and social roles in prehistoric times.

Durham is a world-leading university. Our academic excellence and impact is reflected in our global rankings and this is a true credit to the outstanding teaching and research carried out at our University.

Durham is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities and among the top ten in the UK. It is ranked 78th in the QS World University Rankings 2024, 7th in the Guardian University Guide 2024 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

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Our Department of Archaeology is a leading centre for the study of archaeology and is ranked =5th in the world (QS World University Rankings by subject 2024). We are an inclusive, vibrant and international community. Our students develop knowledge and gain essential and transferable skills through research-led teaching and lab-based training.