An outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students
The Department of Engineering is one of the very best in the UK with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. In the REF2014 exercise, 90% of the Engineering outputs were graded 3* or 4*, and Durham was ranked 4th in the UK for impact in the General Engineering unit of assessment.
The Department offers prestigious MEng, BEng and MSc degrees in Engineering which have amongst the highest entry standards in the UK. Students can specialise in a range of engineering disciplines including Civil, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering on our taught programmes, which are accredited by the relevant Engineering Institutions. Durham University was ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2021, 6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 7th in The Complete University Guide 2021 for General Engineering.
Our Strategic Vision
We plan to increase the number of academic staff posts by approximately 50% over the next 5 years.
The Engineering Department has embarked on a growth strategy with a plan to increase the number of academic staff posts by approximately 50% over the next 5 years. The Department offers highly-regarded MEng and BEng undergraduate degree programmes in Engineering. Graduates from these programmes are sought after by employers and many students progress on to study for higher degrees following their undergraduate studies.
The Department currently has 4 full-time taught MSc programmes. The majority of the planned growth in student numbers over the coming years will be through refreshing and expanding our portfolio of taught MSc programmes. New degrees are being developed, some jointly with other departments such as the Business School, and the Department will have a strategic focus on attracting significant additional numbers of international students to these programmes. Some limited expansion of our undergraduate student numbers is also planned.
Our research activities are grouped around 3 Research Challenges in Future Energy Systems, Sustainable Infrastructure and Advanced Materials, Electronics and Communications. The Department has established world-class research expertise in these areas and the expansion plan will deliver opportunities for growth in all 3, plus creating additional areas of research activity, moving forward.