Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom

No. Students: 15,000 (2,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 3,000
Funding type: Private
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to Durham University

  • A world-class learning experience Durham is the third oldest university in England and is a place of international reputation. The strength of our academic excellence is reflected in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) where many of our departments were ranked amongst the best in the UK. In 2008, 90% of Durham's research was of international quality.
  • Outstanding Staff At Durham, our students are taught by academic staff who are acknowledged as experts in their fields and are at the forefront of developments in their subject area. This is demonstrated not only through the research and teaching that they undertake, but also by the worldwide demand for their expertise.
  • Stunning Location Our University is situated in two distinct locations - Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees. Durham is a beautiful city located on the River Wear in the North East of England whilst Queen's Campus, situated on the banks of the River Tees, also boasts a striking waterfront setting. Both locations provide a truly inspirational environment in which to live and study.
  • Diverse Social Community At Durham you'll study with students from around the UK and more than 150 countries world wide. You'll have access to entertainment, events and support services within Durham, Stockton and the surrounding area.
  • Unique College System Durham is a collegiate university with 14 colleges in Durham City and two colleges in Stockton-on-Tees. The colleges offer a strong sense of community, provide pastoral care, support your developments and have sports, arts and social facilities. You'll find your college as a home-away-from-home.

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Study at Durham and you will have access to teaching by world-leading experts, in award-winning study facilities, with extensive collections of books and learning resources, and a unique collegiate system offering a distinctive student experience. One of the greatest benefits of studying with us is being part of a multidisciplinary community where you are given the support and opportunities to reach your potential and develop skills to equip you for your future life and career.

A world Top 100 university, we are ranked top 5 in the UK in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013, The Complete University Guide 2013, and The Complete University Guide 2013. The University has also recently joined the Russell Group; a cluster of leading research-intensive universities. We have one of the highest levels of student satisfaction (89% compared with a sector average of 85%).

The University has recently invested heavily in its provisions for students. The Palatine Centre, which is part of a wider £100m investment in facilities across the University, provides an enhanced student experience. Ranked excellent for its environmental design, the Palatine Centre opened in 2012 houses a brand new student services building (including careers facility, counselling services, disability services, immigration and financial support office, IT helpdesk, and a catering facility). The development also saw an extension to the Bill Bryson Library, and a brand new Law School.

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World-class students require world-class facilities. Whether it's the Bill Bryson Library, with a dedicated area for postgraduate researchers, IT support, or the opportunity to study abroad, you will find the facilities you need to complement and support your studies at Durham University. Study here and you'll not only work with world-class academic staff, but you'll also have access to some of the best facilities and study-support to ensure you get the most from your postgraduate experience.

The University invests heavily in its provisions for postgraduate students. The Centre for Academic and Researcher Development provides an extensive range of opportunities for postgraduate researchers to develop their skills while studying at Durham, including the Durham Researcher Development Programme, the Durham Key Skills Award (which gives the opportunity to gain recognition and certification of these skills), and the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award. Our award winning Doctoral Training Programme supports the professional development of all postgraduate research students. It covers topics such as Research Management, Research Skills, Personal Effectiveness, and IT.

The Durham Award for taught postgraduate students is an opportunity to reflect on the development of skills and how to effectively market these to a future employer. This reflective process equips Durham graduates to stand out from the crowd.

Student life

At Durham University we want you to be able to excel academically but we recognise that academic success is only half the story.

To help you really make the most of your experience with us and develop a broad range of skills to equip you for your future career and life, we provide a huge variety of extra-curricular activities in both Durham City and Queen's Campus. We encourage you to get involved, either through your college or at University-level, in whatever you are interested in so that you can develop skills and experiences far beyond the walls of the lecture theatres.

There are endless opportunities and activities for getting involved.

Whether you want to volunteer for charity work, stage a play, sing in a choir, or captain a college sports team, you will find many opportunities for joining in, mixing with different people and simply trying something new. By trying out new activities you might even find that you develop a passion for something you had never even considered before! And if joining a club or society at University-level seems a bit daunting, you can get involved in many of the activities in the smaller setting of your college instead.

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