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DEGREE SUBJECTS

Choosing your degree

There are so many factors to consider when deciding the subject you want to study at university. You may have a particular career in mind – such as law or medicine – which will guide your choice. If not, it can be helpful to think about subjects you enjoy, what you are good at and the different careers you are interested in. 

To help you narrow down your choice, read our guides for selected university degree subjects to find out more about each one, including key skills, specialisms and typical career paths.

Study at a world-class university 

Durham University International Study Centre offers access to more than 30 different degree subjects at Durham, with preparation programmes that lead to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. These are just some of the subjects available to study following successful completion of your programme. 

Anthropology

Studying human societies and cultures, anthropology is a fascinating subject that gives you a variety of transferable skills.

Archaeology

Focusing on the human past, archaeology covers all aspects of people in the past. You will learn to uncover the secrets of human history, gaining skills that will help you pursue a variety of careers.

Arts

Studying arts often opens up a variety of pathways for you to follow. Whether you want to progress onto a liberal arts degree or be more specific and follow a degree such as music, you will usually have that option.

Biology

Biology or biological sciences is the study of life and living organisms. Explore different fields, state-of-the-art facilities, research opportunities and typical career paths.

Business

Business studies covers economics and management. It helps you to develop a range of skills, including crucial communication skills and can help you follow a career in a number of industries.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of properties of substances and interactions with energy. It combines aspects of biology and physics and offers many unique fields that you could specialise in.

Computer science

Computer science is the study of computers, computing systems and computational theory.

Earth sciences

Earth sciences is the study of the physical constitution of Earth and its atmosphere. It is made up of four major branches and studying it at university will prepare you for a number of specialist careers.

Engineering

Leading to exciting career prospects and high salaries, engineering gives you the chance to specialise in a variety of fields.

Geography

Geography focuses on the physical features of the earth and mankind's relationship with the environment. Combining social and natural sciences, it can lead to a number of careers.

History

History is the study of past events, typically focussing on human affairs. Graduates of history can pursue opportunities in teaching and government for example. You will also gain transferable skills to allow you to work in a range of industries.

International Relations

The study of international relations focuses on key global issues and challenges.

Law

A law degree is widely respected by employers and leads to a prestigious career path. Understand the areas you can specialise in, the legal system, ethics and the benefits of studying at Durham Law School. 

Maths

Maths is the abstract science of quantity, number and space. It is used in our everyday lives and is a core element in everything around us, from technology to architecture. Studying maths at university can lead to a range of careers and give you key transferable skills.

Philosophy

Covering the basic nature of how we think about the universe and society, philosophy asks basic questions that give complicated answers - giving you a new view on life.

Physics

The study of physics covers energy, forces, waves, mechanics, atoms and the physical Universe.

Politics

Studying politics looks at systems of government, power, conflict and international relations.

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and thought. This fascinating science provides diverse skills that are valued by employers.

Social Sciences

Social science is a group of academic subjects that focus on society and people. Studying social sciences gives you a variety of pathways to follow in the future, whether that is further study or a career.

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International Foundation Year

Develop your English language and academic subject skills with our three-term programme and progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the top-ranking Durham University.

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Pre-Masters

Build upon the skills of your existing undergraduate degree in order to study a postgraduate degree in the UK. Our programme helps you bridge the gap between your studies.

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English preparation

Our English Language Preparation course develops your English skills in order for you to succeed on both your chosen pathway programme and your university degree.