Established in 1832, Durham University is one of the oldest universities in the UK. Built next to a medieval world heritage site, Durham University connects a rich history with modern values to create a well-respected and forward-thinking institution. Today, Durham hosts over 18,000 students from across the world.
Durham has 28 academic departments and schools which offer over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Many of the lecturers at the university are at the forefront of their fields. By using prominent research and subject expertise, staff at the university deliver outstanding levels of teaching to all students. At present, Durham has 17 subjects ranked in the top 100 universities, including nine in the world top 50.
As well as academic excellence, the university strives to support students in gaining meaningful employment following their studies. Currently ranked 88th in the world for graduate employability, the Careers and Enterprise Centre works to develop student's professional skills and provide business contacts and opportunities for work.
Durham University is currently ranked 78th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, which places it firmly among the top 100 universities in the world. The institution prides itself on creating a welcoming and diverse social environment for both staff and students. Currently 28 per cent of students studying at Durham are not from the UK.
College communities are at the heart of the distinctive Durham student experience, each offering a diverse, multidisciplinary community of academics, students and staff from different backgrounds and cultures. With this, and the excellent support systems in place at the university, students can expect a warm welcome and an abundance of exciting projects to get involved with.