Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, with over one third of our students coming from an international background.
We understand that it can be challenging knowing where to start when applying to an overseas University. At Durham there is a wide range of support available to students who live in North America and are considering applying to Durham. We have a dedicated team who are on hand to answer any questions you have.
The North America student recruitment team are there to help with any aspect of the application process. They would be happy to hear from you to assist with any questions you have.
Meet the team at a recruitment event near you or online and find out more about Durham.
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You can book one of our personalised Campus Visits to find out more about our academic degree programmes and student life on campus. Visits start with a presentation from a member of staff from the International Office, followed by a guided tour from one of our student ambassadors.
If you have any questions regarding the entry requirements for Canada, please email us at North.America@durham.ac.uk.
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A Bachelors degree, with one of the following scores (or better): GPA 3.3 out of 4.0, GPA of 6.5 out of 9.0, 85% out of 100, 80% out of 90, or Grade B+.
A Master of Arts / Master of Science (Research) with a minimum of 2 years study, or an MBA.
Durham University considers a wide variety of qualifications for admission. If you are unsure about any of the information below, please contact us directly at North.America@Durham.ac.uk - we're happy to help.
For 2024 entry, Durham has updated entry requirements for students attending high school in the United States that do not offer AP curriculum. For students attending a school that does not offer AP curriculum, we will consider honours courses or equivalent in place of APs. For students attending a school that has AP curriculum, you will be expected to submit AP exams for admission.
Different degree programmes at Durham will require different exam scores. To find out what these are, please:
If your school offers AP curriculum, you will need to submit a minimum of two AP exam scores in order to meet the academic entry requirements for your degree programme of choice. Please note that you must sit and submit the examinations, we will not accept the course grade. If there is a specific subject required for admission, you must evidence this with an AP exam. For some programmes, one AP may be sufficient alongside two additional qualifications listed below.
Two APs and one additional qualification
Three AP test scores of:
Two AP test scores of: 5,5
PLUS one of the following:
Four AP test scores of:
Two AP test scores of: 5,4
If your school does not offer AP courses, Durham will consider students who are completing the US High School Diploma with Honours courses. Please note that we will be using the information submitted by your school in the UCAS Reference to confirm that your school does not offer AP curriculum, and if your school does, you cannot be considered with Honours courses alone and will need to complete APs to be considered for admission.
If you are planning to apply via this pathway, you will need to ensure that you have achieved an overall GPA of 3.7, and you will need a minimum of 3 yearlong equivalent honours courses taken in grade 11 and grade 12 in order to be eligible for admission.
Please note: Some degree programmes have subject specific requirements. If you are applying to a programme with subject specific requirements and you are unsure if your honours course will meet the requirements, please contact us.
Two honours and one additional qualification
Achieve overall GPA of 3.7 with three honours classes at:
A+, A+, A
Achieve overall GPA of 3.7
Two honours classes of A+, A+, and one of the following:
A+, A, A
Two honours classes of A+, A, and one of the following:
A, A, A
Four honours classes at:
A, A, B+, B+
Two honours classes of A, A, and one of the following:
A, A/A-, B+
Two honours classes of A, A/A-, and one of the following:
A/A-, B+, B+
Two honours classes of A/A-, B+, and one of the following:
If you are completing an Associate’s Degree or Year 1 of a Bachelor’s Degree, we can consider these for entry into Year 1 of a Bachelor’s Degree at Durham University.
If you are applying to a Degree Programme at Durham which has subject-specific entry requirements, these must still be met. We may require you to submit a curriculum overview, outlining the academic content covered within your Associate’s Degree / Bachelor’s Degree so we can determine whether it aligns with the subject-specific entry requirements. Typically, you will need to meet the A Level subject requirement with a yearlong equivalent course.
First Year of Bachelor’s Degree
For students applying with a High School Diploma and Honours courses, you will need to have completed your school's equivalent of the above. If you are unsure if your course meets the A Level requirements, please get in touch with us.
Important things to note regarding admission:
Durham’s College Board Code: 5488
Contact us: North.America@Durham.ac.uk
A Bachelors degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0.