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  • Undergraduate Study

    Our research-led education ensures our broad range of courses will challenge and inspire you.

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  • Postgraduate Study

    Our taught Masters and research programmes will enable you to push the boundaries of current thinking and research.

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Undergraduate Study

Our research-led education ensures our broad range of courses will challenge and inspire you.

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Postgraduate Study

Our taught Masters and research programmes will enable you to push the boundaries of current thinking and research.

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Our student ambassadors are here to answer your questions about student life at Durham. They represent a range of different course and colleges. You can filter by subject or read their profiles to find out what college they are a member of.

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Research at Durham: Making an Impact

Our research is making a positive difference to the lives of people all around the world. Across our faculties of Arts and Humanities, our Business School, Science, and Social Sciences and Health, the work of our experts is having a big impact.

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Scientists predict songbirds’ striking colours put them at risk of extinction

A pioneering scientist from our Department of Biosciences along with colleagues from University of Florida, USA, Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB), France, and Massey University, New Zealand have found that brightly and uniquely coloured songbirds are in greater danger of extinction and are more likely to be traded as pets.
Coloured birds

CODEX: Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels 2022

Durham University will be bringing history to life and lighting up the North East in a new exhibition.
Light projection from the CODEX video and sound installation

Ancient dung reveals earliest evidence of farmed animals

Ancient dung has helped provide archaeologists with the earliest evidence of animals being farmed for food.
A person pours soil into a flotation machine to extract carbonised plant remains

Festivals must do more to address sexual violence

With thousands of people attending music festivals every year, Dr Hannah Bows from our Durham Law School shines a light on safety issues that still need addressing.
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Empowering people to improve well-being - in conversation with Professor Fuschia Sirois

Professor Fuschia Sirois is a globally-renowned expert on self-regulation and well-being, and has recently published an game-changing book to help procrastinators understand and tackle the issue. We caught up with her to chat about her research interests, her commitment to sharing her expertise and whether she too procrastinates!
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Durham Book Festival

We are once again looking forward to partnering the annual Durham Book Festival, set to take place from 13 – 16 October.
Durham Book Festival promotional poster

Empowering people to improve well-being - in conversation with Professor Fuschia Sirois

Professor Fuschia Sirois is a globally-renowned expert on self-regulation and well-being, and has recently published an game-changing book to help procrastinators understand and tackle the issue. We caught up with her to chat about her research interests, her commitment to sharing her expertise and whether she too procrastinates!
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Why we should abandon the concept of the ‘climate refugee’

Dr Andrew Baldwin, from our Department of Geography, argues that we should abandon the concept of the 'climate refugee'.
Climate refugee concept
  • Reflections from Durham DBA Graduate Tom McDonogh

    Ahead of graduation, our DBA alumni Tom McDonogh is looking back at his time at the Business School and sharing memories of his own graduation as well as his experience being on the Durham DBA programme.
    Photo of DBA graduate Tom McDonogh and his family
  • Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

    PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, offered by the Azrieli Foundation – the most coveted title for composers in Canada. The accolade secures a prize package valued at $200,000 CAD which includes a world-premiere performance by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, two subsequent international performances and a professional recording of her prize-winning work.
    2022 Canadian Music Laureate
  • Durham becomes the largest All-Steinway school in the UK

    With a project spanning three years, Durham became the largest All-Steinway school in the nation in April. In the enviable position of having 61 Steinways throughout the University in both its Music Department and Colleges, all students, regardless of music experience, will be able to enjoy music at its finest, with these wonderful, world-class instruments.
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Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, offered by the Azrieli Foundation – the most coveted title for composers in Canada. The accolade secures a prize package valued at $200,000 CAD which includes a world-premiere performance by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, two subsequent international performances and a professional recording of her prize-winning work.
2022 Canadian Music Laureate

Durham becomes the largest All-Steinway school in the UK

With a project spanning three years, Durham became the largest All-Steinway school in the nation in April. In the enviable position of having 61 Steinways throughout the University in both its Music Department and Colleges, all students, regardless of music experience, will be able to enjoy music at its finest, with these wonderful, world-class instruments.
A person playing a piano

Should we really believe scientific facts will last forever when history is full of revolutions in thinking?

Professor Peter Vickers from our Department of Philosophy discusses whether we can trust the scientific truths of today.
Woman looking at a blackboard with question marks on it.

How Brazilian politicians use religion to help them win

Professor Mathew Guest, from our Department of Theology and Religion, looks ahead to this autumn's Presidential Election in Brazil and considers how candidates court religious support.
Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil
  • MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) achieves CIPD programme re-accreditation

    Durham University Business School has been awarded re-accreditation from Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in relation to our Human Resource Management (HRM) programme.
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  • Durham University and Atom bank agree five-year partnership

    We have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Durham-based Atom bank, the UK’s first app-based bank, to carry out collaborative research that addresses longer term opportunities and challenges facing both organisations and wider society, such as climate change.
    Karen O'Brien Durham University and Edward Twiddy Atom bank signing memorandum
  • IMPACT magazine - World Economy and Society - Issue 11

    Issue 11 of our award-winning magazine, IMPACT, is out now. Themed around ‘world economy and society’, the issue looks at our research on the economy at a global and local level. With the world experiencing war in Europe the shockwaves are being felt everywhere and driving a cost-of-living crisis through the availability of oil, gas and grain. Is it overly dramatic to say the world economy is on a knife edge?
    Cover of IMPACT magazine Issue 11 feature the world on a knife edge

Durham University and Atom bank agree five-year partnership

We have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Durham-based Atom bank, the UK’s first app-based bank, to carry out collaborative research that addresses longer term opportunities and challenges facing both organisations and wider society, such as climate change.
Karen O'Brien Durham University and Edward Twiddy Atom bank signing memorandum

IMPACT magazine - World Economy and Society - Issue 11

Issue 11 of our award-winning magazine, IMPACT, is out now. Themed around ‘world economy and society’, the issue looks at our research on the economy at a global and local level. With the world experiencing war in Europe the shockwaves are being felt everywhere and driving a cost-of-living crisis through the availability of oil, gas and grain. Is it overly dramatic to say the world economy is on a knife edge?
Cover of IMPACT magazine Issue 11 feature the world on a knife edge

Upcoming events

Discover Durham Live Virtual Sessions

Tuesday 11 October 2022 - Thursday 12 January 2023
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Virtual
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QS Connect MBA – London

Saturday 1 October 2022 - Saturday 1 October 2022
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
London
QS Connect MBA – London

CODEX: Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels 2022

Thursday 22 September 2022 - Monday 3 October 2022
10:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Various locations across the region with historical connection to the Lindisfarne Gospels
Light projection from the CODEX video and sound installation

Library and Collections Welcome Fair

Monday 26 September 2022 - Friday 30 September 2022
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Bill Bryson Library

From our Student Blogs:

Ten top tips for your first week at Durham University.

Read recent graduate Ruby’s advice for making the most of your first week at university.
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Russia and Ukraine Information

A hub of information, advice and support for current and prospective staff and students.

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Making friends at Durham Uni

In this video, fourth-year Marketing and Management student Carina shares her experience of making friends at Durham and how easy the collegiate system made finding her people.

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