About Durham University

by / Saturday, 01 November 2014 / Published in Durham University

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About Durham University

Durham University was established in 1832. The 3rd oldest university in England, an ancient place of learning and a leading world university. Durham University is distinctive – a Collegiate University with ancient traditions and modern values. It is a truly magical place to live and study, offering students the opportunity to experience ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the UK and the top institutions in the world.

Durham is home to over 16,000 students from 156 countries, creating a rich and diverse academic community. The teaching is directly informed by the world-class research undertaken throughout the University and our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research ensures that no matter which subject student choose to study, they will always be at the cutting edge.

Durham University Ranking:

  1. 5th in The Complete University Guide 2014
  2. 6th in The Sunday Times and Times University Guides 2014
  3. 80th in the THE World rankings 2012/13

Durham University is 1st … in the UK for

  • The best quality of student life – 9/10 students are satisfied with their course, higher than the national average (85%)
  • Employment opportunities – 92% graduate employability
  • Safety – lowest crime rate in a university city

Lloyds Bank University Quality of Student Life Survey (Sept 2013)

90% ….of Durham University students take part in sport

  1. Durham offers 380 teams across 15 different sports from rowing to badminton, fencing to football, and canoeing to volleyball.
  2. Currently 2nd (British Universities & Colleges Sport, 2013/14) in the UK for university sport.


The University is situated in 2 …unique campuses.

  • Located in the north east of England close to Newcastle, Edinburgh, York and Leeds.
  • Surrounded by beautiful countryside and beaches.
  • 3 hours from London, 1 hour from York and 1 ½ hours from Edinburgh by train.

In 1992 Durham University opened the Queen’s Campus, Stockton. A purpose built campus which is home to two Colleges, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Undergraduate Business.

Durham City and Queen’s Campus, Stockton

Durham College Location

25 Academic departments, spread across 3 faculties, including:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Social Sciences and Health
  • Science and Engineering

Subject Areas

  • Arts & Humanities

Classics & Ancient History, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theology & Religion

  • Social Sciences & Health

Anthropology, Archaeology, Business & Economics, Education, Geography, Law, Medicine (in conjunction with Newcastle), Pharmacy, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Sport

  • Sciences

Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Psychology

  • Combined Honours & Natural Sciences

9 Research Institutes:

Interdisciplinary groups which Durham University Research Institutesfocus on solving global problems.

  • Commitment to research and research-led teaching.
  • Research shapes and inspires the disciplinary structure of our departments, as well as our college communities.
  • Our research partners create research and employment opportunities for our students in any field.

Durham offers  300+ Academic programmes for all academic levels including:

  • English Language Courses
  • Foundation Programmes
  • Bachelor Degrees
    • Single
    • Joint
    • Combined
  • Master Degrees
    •  Taught
    •  Research
  • PhD

Top Departments

Durham’s highest ranking departments:

  • 1st in the UK for Applied Social Sciences, English Studies, History, Modern Languages, & Theology and Religion
  • 2nd in the UK for Geography.
  • 3rd in the UK for Archaeology, Chemistry, & Physics.
  • 4th in the UK for Classics & Ancient History, Earth Sciences, Engineering & Computer Science, and Law.

The Complete University Guide 2014-15

General Entrance Requirements
Foundation Indian Students XII –grade 75% in the best four academic subjectsILETS 5.5 – 6.0 (or recognized equivalent)
Undergraduate Indian Standard XII – grade 85 – 87% in the best four academic subject, pre requisite subjects e.g. maths, physics may be required for the same coursesA Level (A*AA – ABB)International Baccalaureate ( 34 – 35 points)Recognised UK Foundation Programme IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0 (or recognized equivalent)
Postgraduate taught Bachelor degree – 1st Degree (60-70%) from a recognized equivalent)MBA candidates will also require a minimum three years work experience at a managerial level. GMAT (600) may be required in some cases, IELTS 6.5-7.0 with no element below 6.0 (or recognized equivalent)
Postgraduate Research Master degree – 1st Division (60%+) from a recognized Indian institute, IELTS 6.5 – 7.0 with no element below 6.0 (or recognized equivalent)

Please Note that each department may have subject specific entrance requirement.

Durham College How to Apply

Tuition Fees 2014/2015
Foundation Program ₤ 14,000
Undergraduate (classroom based) ₤ 14,000
Undergraduate (laboratory based) ₤ 17,900
Postgraduate (classroom based) ₤ 14,000
Postgraduate (laboratory based) ₤ 17,900
Msc Marketing, Management, Economics ₤ 17,500
Msc Finance, Strategic Marketing or Islamic Finance ₤ 19,500
MBA ₤ 25,000


English Language Support
Programme Start Date Entry Level Cost
Year Round Pre Sessional (YRPS) October, January, April Below IELTS 5.5 ₤3,100 for 1st Term (10 weeks)
Summer Pre-Sessional (EAP) July, August, September Above IELTS 5.5 22 weeks (EAP 4) ₤7,00012 weeks (EAP 1) ₤4,1008 weeks (EAP 2) ₤2,800
4 weeks (PARSE) ₤1,400
In Sessional All Year Any student studying at DurhamUniversity Free to DurhamUniversity Students
Pre MBA May, August IELTS 7.0 10 weeks (EAP 4) ₤3,4004 weeks (EAP 1) ₤1,400

Scholarship Opportunity

Durham University offers a number of postgraduate scholarships, which are open to highly motivated and talented candidate.

Durham College Accommodation

Durham College Student Ratio

Term Dates 2014-2015
Induction Week 2014 29th September 2014 – 05th October 2014
Michaelmas Term 2014 06th October 2014 – 12th December 2014
Christmas Vacation 2014 13th December 2014 – 11th January 2015
Epiphany Term 2015 12th January 2014 – 13th March 2015
Easter Term 2015 14th March 2015 – 13th march 2015
Easter Term 2015 20th April 2015 – 19th June 2015

Durham Student Support


Durham College Employability



Durham College Ranking


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