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

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    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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Songbirds with unique colours are more likely to be traded as pets – new research

Dr Rebecca Senior from our Department of Biosciences shares her new research on uniquely coloured songbirds and how they could become extinct as a result of pet trade.
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

Capping energy costs will damage climate change progress in developing countries

Developing and emerging countries will fail to make any significant contribution to global sustainability efforts, unless governments stop capping electricity prices, according to new research from Associate Professor Laura Marsiliani and Associate Professor Thomas Renstrom alongside colleagues from North South University in Bangladesh and Copenhagen Business School.
Arial photo of high rise buildings during the day in Bangladesh

There’s more to do on sexual violence on campus

In order to tackle sexual violence on university campuses, Professor Graham Towl from our Psychology Department anticipates more rigorous regulation and calls for cultural change in the academic community.
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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 a 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 a 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!
Image showing Professor Fuschia Sirois

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.

The ‘Face’ notion and patient-centred communication

Dr Kayo Kondo from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures focuses her research on patient-/person-centred care and communication in health and social care settings. Her interests include the interactions between patients and professionals and clinical empathy. Dr Kondo recently wrote a book about patient-centred communication, and in this article, she explains how face and politeness theory interact with patient-centred communication.
Doctor and patient in conversation

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

The value of working together

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, reflects on the value of working together for the benefit of our city, county and region.
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

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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