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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.
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. Explore our Humanities Law and Social Science foundation, which provides a pathway to archaeology.
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. Find out how you can study it at university.
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. Discover how you can study social sciences at university with our Humanities Law and Social Science foundation.
International Foundation Year
This three-term Foundation programme provides you with a choice of pathways that prepare you for an undergraduate degree.
The Pre-Masters programme provides you with a choice of two pathways that lead to postgraduate degree study at Durham University.
If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for your programme you can enrol on an English language preparation course first.