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Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

The Faculty is a diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates, and academic and research staff. We are based across 9 academic Departments and Schools, who are engaged in pioneering research and innovative learning.

We are regularly ranked within the world's top 50 for the quality and significance of our research, our students enjoy an unparalleled learning experience and our graduates are some of the most sought after by employers.

Our Research
9 Academic Departments and Schools
Over 350 Academic and Research Staff
4,700 Undergraduates
3,300 Postgraduates

Explore our Departments

View our Departments below:

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.
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Combined Honours in Social Sciences

The programme allows you to create a bespoke, academically ambitious degree suited to your individual interests, strengths and career plans.
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Durham Centre for Academic Development

Durham Centre for Academic Development offers a range of options to help you develop and enhance your academic skills whilst at Durham.
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Education

One of the leading departments for education in the UK, recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for excellence in research and teaching.
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Geography

Founded in 1928, the Department of Geography at Durham is one of the leading centres of geographical research and education in the world.
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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.
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Law

We're at the forefront of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary debates where our contributions have made a significant impact.
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Sociology

We have a commitment to close partnership working with the local community, and links with voluntary and community sector organisations globally.
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Sport and Exercise Sciences

We’re passionate about improving sport performance, reducing inequality, promoting social justice, and ensuring better health and wellbeing.
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Institutes and Centres

Our research institutes bring together staff to work collaboratively, across departments and with external partners, to develop new ways of thinking that contribute positively to societal challenges. Our research centres allow researchers to focus on areas of specialism, often sitting between traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Explore our Institutes and Centres
The Ogden Centre building on Lower Mountjoy campus

Get in touch

Contact the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Arthur Holmes Building,

Science Site,

South Road,

Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42901

Questions about studying here?

Check out our list of FAQs or submit an enquiry form.

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