About Us

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, offering over 200 undergraduate courses and 100 taught postgraduate courses, and many research degrees.

Why Durham?

  • World Top 100 university: ranked 82nd in the QS World University Rankings (2022);
  • 12 subjects in the World Top 50 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022);
  • Ranked 54th in the world for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2022);
  • 5th in the Guardian University Guide (2022) and 6th in The Complete University Guide (2022).


90% of Durham’s research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Six Durham subjects are also in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research including Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), Classics and Ancient History (4th), Theology and Religion (8th) and Sport and Exercise Sciences (10th).

Find out more about research at Durham on the university’s website.

International students

Durham has a long and proud history of welcoming students from countries across the globe. Over 30% of Durham University’s students are of non-UK origin. Over 120 countries represented in their staff and student bodies, creating a diverse social and academic community.

The university’s website provides useful information on international entry requirements (including English language requirements), visa requirements, fees, and scholarships.

University preparation programmes

The Durham University International Study Centre offers international students who do not meet direct entry requirements the option to complete an International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, you will progress to your degree at Durham University. For more information, please visit the university’s dedicated Pathway Programmes webpage.


Durham University is based in the city of Durham, located in the North East of the UK.

The historic city of Durham is compact, yet varied. Easy to get around, it offers a wide range of cultural and sporting pursuits, and also a huge number of places to eat, drink and meet friends. So whatever your interests, you are certain to find your place here.

Environmental sustainability

Durham University is committed to reducing their environmental impact and improving the local environment for staff, students, and the wider community. For more details, please visit the university website. 

With Durham, the emphasis was on potential. Rather than seeing me as a finished product I was able to make mistakes, and learn in the process.”

– Emily Smith, English Literature

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