Durham University
  • No. Students: 17595
  • No. Staff: 1690
  • Study mode: 51 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
  • Phone:
  • 0191 334 2000

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Durham University (legally the University of Durham) is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, with a second campus in nearby Stockton-on-Tees. It was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to commence tuition in England for more than 600 years and claims to be the third oldest university in England (which would make it the seventh or eighth oldest in the UK), although this is disputed.The Durham University estate includes 63 listed buildings, ranging from the 11th-century Durham Castle to a 1930s Art Deco Chapel. The university also owns and manages the Durham World Heritage Site in partnership with Durham Cathedral. The university's ownership of the World Heritage Site includes Durham Castle, Palace Green, and the surrounding buildings including the historic Cosin's Library.

The chancellor of the University is Sir Thomas Allen, who succeeded Bill Bryson in January 2012. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and 16 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide lectures to students, while the colleges are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and some university staff. The university is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities[9] after previously being a member of the 1994 Group. Durham is also affiliated with several university groups including the N8 Research Partnership and the Matariki Network of Universities.

Current and emeritus academics include 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 17 Fellows of the British Academy, 14 Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, 5 Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2 Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and 2 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences Durham graduates have long used the Latin post-nominal letters Dunelm after their degree, from Dunelmensis (of, belonging to, or from Durham).

  • Department of Physics

  • Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Theology and Religion

  • Department of Geography

  • Department of Classics and Ancient History

  • Durham Law School

  • School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

  • School of Government & International Affairs

  • School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Department of Earth Sciences

  • The Department of Philosophy

  • School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

  • Business School

  • School of Applied Social Sciences

  • Department of Archaeology

  • Department of Chemistry

  • Department of English Studies

  • Department of Mathematical Sciences

  • Department of Music

  • Department of Psychology

  • School of Modern Languages & Cultures

  • Department of Liberal Arts

  • Department of History

  • Department of Philosophy

  • School of Education


After the Dark Ages in Europe, the 7th Century saw a flowering of thought and culture in the North East of England. Bede - poet, scientist, historian and the greatest European scholar of the 7th century - is buried in Durham, as is St Cuthbert, who established 'English' Christianity from its Celtic and Roman roots. The Lindisfarne Gospels, 'one of the great landmarks of human cultural achievement', were produced nearby and resided in Durham with the body of St Cuthbert until the 16th century when they were removed to London - our 'Gospel Book' is returning to Durham in 2013. The 'Cuthbert Community' became one of the richest in Europe, with lands extending from the Tyne to the Tees and beyond. This scholarly, monastic community was a precursor of the modern University tradition which spread across Europe and around the world. Durham's 11th century Norman Cathedral was built between 1096 and 1130 and is one of the world's truly great buildings. Durham Castle, now part of the University, dates from 1072 and was the seat of the all-powerful Prince-Bishops who wielded secular and religious power over much of the North of England, with their own armies, system of taxation and coinage - until the end of the Prince-Bishopric in 1832 Durham was effectively a state within a state.

Durham became one of England's leading centres of medieval scholarship, along with Oxford and Cambridge. Indeed, three Colleges - now part of Oxford University - were founded from Durham (University College and Balliol College, and in 1286 Durham College was run from Durham to train scholars for Durham for 300 years until it became incorporated into the University of Oxford as Trinity College). Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell's attempts to formally establish a University for the North in Durham were subsumed by politics and North-South rivalries, and it was not until 1832, as the Prince-Bishopric declined lost his powers, was Durham finally endowed with the Castle and lands and granted degree awarding powers by the king as England's third University. Durham University is the inheritor of a continuous line of learning and scholarship dating from Bede and Cuthbert to the present day.

Durham has always been a modern, forward-looking University. With a medieval World Heritage Site at our heart, our new buildings continue the tradition of important and innovative architecture. Durham was one of the first universities to admit women on an equal footing to men (1890), to establish medical training (1834) and the first to award Civil and Mining Engineering degrees to meet regional and national needs during the industrial revolution (1838). Durham led in the development of science and established one of the earliest observatories in England. Durham University was based in two cities for over 100 years, its medical school at King's College and other Colleges in Newcastle becoming the new and independent University of Newcastle in 1963. Durham was also the first University to establish overseas campuses a century before the concept was reinvented: in Barbados in 1875 and Sierra Leone in 1876. In 1992 the University established a significant presence at our Queen's Campus in the heart of Tees Valley, reinitiating medical teaching and breaking disciplinary boundaries to enhance public health and social well being.

Durham University owns (as of 2006) a 227.8-hectare (563 acres) estate which includes a UNESCO world heritage site, one ancient monument (the Maiden Castle earthworks), five grade-one listed buildings and 68 Grade II listed buildings along with 44.9 ha (111 acres) of woodland. The university has, since 1992, been divided into two campuses: Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

Accredications and rankings

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition Durham University Business School

  • AACSB(Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • AMBA(Association of MBAs)
  • EQUIS(European Quality Improvement System)


Below is a table showing Durham University’s latest placements in different university rankings:



ARWU (world) (2015)


ARWU (national) (2015)


QS (national) (2015/16)


QS (worldl) (2015/16)


Times Higher Education (national) (2015/16)


Times Higher Education (world) (2015/16)


The Guardian (national) (2016)


Times/Sunday Times (national) (2016)


Complete (national) (2017)



Cost of Living in Durham per month:

  • Food: £ 120
  • Local travel: £ 42
  • Phone/internet: £ 10-50
  • Gym membership: £ 25
  • Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: £ 80

Reasons why study at  Durham University

When you join Durham University you will be joining a world top 100 University, and will have access to research-led education delivered by world-leading experts in outstanding study facilities.
This research-led approach to education ensures that our range of courses are right up-to-date with current developments as the research conducted by our academic staff shapes and inspires our teaching.

Durham is a diverse university and welcomes students from 156 countries giving you the opportunity to meet people from across the world. As a Durham University student you become a member of one of our colleges where most of our first year students choose to live. Colleges are supportive communities providing a warm welcome to all students, excellent student welfare and a fantastic student experience. You will have heard of our excellent reputation but here are a few things you may not know:

  • 90% of subjects ranked in the UK top 10 - Complete University Guide 2017
  • 90% of our students say they are satisfied with their experience at Durham - National Student Survey 2015 (sector average 86%)
  • Ranked in the top 31 globally for employer reputation - 2015/16 QS World University Rankings
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Study programs at Durham University :
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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Domestic students: $ 3.9k / / Year (EEA)
  • International students: $ 13.3k / / Year (EEA)
    Durham University logo
    • Tuition Fee:
    • Domestic students: $ 3.9k / / Year (EEA)
    • International students: $ 13.3k / / Year (EEA)
      Durham University logo
      • Tuition Fee:
      • Domestic students: $ 3.9k / / Year (EEA)
      • International students: $ 13.3k / / Year (EEA)
        Durham University logo
        • Tuition Fee:
        • Domestic students: $ 3.9k / / Year (EEA)
        • International students: $ 13.3k / / Year (EEA)
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          • Tuition Fee:
          • Domestic students: $ 13.6k / Year
          • International students: $ 28k / Year
            Durham University logo
            • Tuition Fee:
            • Domestic students: $ 13.6k / Year
            • International students: $ 24.1k / Year
              Durham University logo
              • Tuition Fee:
              • Domestic students: $ 13.6k / Year
              • International students: $ 24.1k / Year
                Durham University logo
                • Tuition Fee:
                • Domestic students: $ 13.6k / Year
                • International students: $ 24.1k / Year