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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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Congregation 2022

Congratulations to everyone graduating at Summer Congregation! We're excited to celebrate your extraordinary achievements.

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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.

REF 2021: Celebrating Our Research Excellence

Our reputation as a world-leading university has been confirmed in a national exercise looking at the quality of research at UK universities and its impact around the world.

90% of Durham’s research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Six Durham subjects are also in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research including Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), Classics and Ancient History (4th), Theology and Religion (8th) and Sport and Exercise Sciences (10th).
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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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  • New Executive Dean to lead Business School

    Professor Catherine (Cathy) Cassell has been appointed to the position of Executive Dean of Durham University Business School. She joins the University on 1 September 2022, taking over from Professor Kieran Fernandes, Interim Executive Dean.
    Professor Catherine Cassell
  • Durham ranked top 10 in the UK again

    Durham University is consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK, and we are delighted to be once again ranked 6th in the UK and the top university in North East England in the latest Complete University Guide league table.
    Students sitting in the castle courtyard
  • Chronicling over 180 years of Durham’s changing climate

    A new book chronicles the weather and climate in Durham over the past 180 years from ice-skating on the River Wear to the City’s hottest day.
    A man sits on a bench next to the flooded River Wear
  • Durham graduate makes Forbes 30 under 30 list

    A Durham graduate has been named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2022. The Forbes list celebrates the brightest young entrepreneurs and leaders making a positive impact on the world. Former Engineering student Will Smith has been named on this year’s list for his work as co-founder of the U.K.'s leading green online banking app Tred, which aims to help customers live more sustainably.
    Founders of Tred, Will and Pete
  • Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours List

    The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022 was announced to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We would like to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of the following alumni, supporters and friends who are honourees in this year’s list.
    Beacon lit for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Palace Green, Durham
  • Human echolocators can better locate targets placed off to the side

    A pioneering scientist from our Department of Psychology collaborating with researchers from University of Birmingham, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands and World Access for the Blind, Placentia, USA have discovered for the first time that human echolocators have better acuity in localising a target placed 45° off to the side as compared to straight ahead at 0°.
    Echolocation
  • 600,000-year-old finds point to some of Britain’s earliest humans

    Early humans were present in Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago, according to new research involving our Department of Geography.
    Artist's impression of early humans

Durham ranked top 10 in the UK again

Durham University is consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK, and we are delighted to be once again ranked 6th in the UK and the top university in North East England in the latest Complete University Guide league table.
Students sitting in the castle courtyard

Chronicling over 180 years of Durham’s changing climate

A new book chronicles the weather and climate in Durham over the past 180 years from ice-skating on the River Wear to the City’s hottest day.
A man sits on a bench next to the flooded River Wear

Durham graduate makes Forbes 30 under 30 list

A Durham graduate has been named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2022. The Forbes list celebrates the brightest young entrepreneurs and leaders making a positive impact on the world. Former Engineering student Will Smith has been named on this year’s list for his work as co-founder of the U.K.'s leading green online banking app Tred, which aims to help customers live more sustainably.
Founders of Tred, Will and Pete

Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours List

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022 was announced to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We would like to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of the following alumni, supporters and friends who are honourees in this year’s list.
Beacon lit for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Palace Green, Durham

Human echolocators can better locate targets placed off to the side

A pioneering scientist from our Department of Psychology collaborating with researchers from University of Birmingham, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands and World Access for the Blind, Placentia, USA have discovered for the first time that human echolocators have better acuity in localising a target placed 45° off to the side as compared to straight ahead at 0°.
Echolocation

600,000-year-old finds point to some of Britain’s earliest humans

Early humans were present in Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago, according to new research involving our Department of Geography.
Artist's impression of early humans

New study indicates worrying ice loss in West Antarctica

Two major glaciers in West Antarctica may be losing ice faster than they have in at least the last 5,000 years.
Scientists carrying out fieldwork in West Antarctica.

University awarded £1.6m to accelerate bright ideas into global opportunities

We have been awarded £1.6m by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to jumpstart knowledge exchange, translation and commercialisation.
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Experiencing a day in the life of a trader

Collaborating with industry practitioners is key to experiential learning.
Experiencing a day in the life of a trader

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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Wayne Couzens: Sarah Everard’s killer is appealing his whole-life sentence – what does that mean?

Professor Nicole Westmarland, from our Department of Sociology, explains the recent appeals lodged with the UK's Court of Appeal and what the difference is between a whole-life sentence and a life sentence.
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Warmer summers threaten Antarctica’s giant ice shelves because of the lakes they create

PhD student, Jennifer Arthur, from our Department of Geography, outlines the department's recent research into the formation of surface meltwater lakes around the world’s largest ice sheet.
Aerial view of ice over a body of water

Hillary Clinton visits our region

Members of the University were delighted to meet Hillary Clinton on a special visit to our region earlier this month. The ex-US Secretary of State was a speaker at the annual South Shields lecture, a free public event organised by former South Shields MP David Miliband, and sponsored by a number of partners, including Durham University.
Chair of Council Joe Docherty, Vice-Chancellor Karen O'Brien and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global Claire O'Malley meet Hillary Clinton

Piano donation is music to the ears of community groups

We’ve donated 18 pianos to local community groups across County Durham to help spread the joy and benefits of music.
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Upcoming events

Online Information Session - Masters in: Management, Marketing, Business Analytics

Thursday 23 June 2022 - Thursday 23 June 2022
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online
Durham Castle and Cathedral

Summer Congregation 2022

Monday 27 June 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Durham University
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Progress to Postgrad

Wednesday 1 June 2022 - Tuesday 26 July 2022
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online
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BSI Lunchtime Seminar - 24 June

Friday 24 June 2022 - Friday 24 June 2022
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Via Zoom (link on registration)
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From our Student Blogs:

What is a College Day?

At Durham, each college has a unique heritage and many traditions that follow. Hannah explains why one of the most exciting days to celebrate this heritage is College Day.
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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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Congregation 2022 Postgraduate Ceremonies

Hear from some of our recent graduates and find your extraordinary at Durham.

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