Durham University library


Study at a top ranking university

Global rankings

Durham University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It consistently ranks as one of the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings:

  • A world top 100 university – 92nd in QS World University Rankings 2023
  • Ranked 6th in the UK – The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and Complete University Guide 2022
  • Ranked 5th in the UK – Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • 12 subjects ranked in the world top 50 and 19 subjects ranked in the world top 100 – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 24 subjects ranked in the top ten, with 11 in the top five, including Criminology and Music ranked first in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2022

Top for employability

Students at Durham have excellent graduate prospects. The University has the highest graduate employment rate of any UK university, with 97.9 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Career support starts at the International Study Centre with CareerAhead, and continues throughout your degree at the University.

Research-led education

At Durham University, you will join a community of world-leading academics who deliver cutting-edge research and curriculum. Findings from the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021) gave 90% of research at Durham an assessment of either 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.

You will learn about the very latest developments in your subject area, and will be taught by inspiring teachers who are passionate about learning. Many subjects include research projects, real-life learning and exposure to new research papers.

World-class facilities

At Queen’s Campus and Durham City you will have access to facilities that include state-of-the-art lecture theatres, IT rooms and laboratories. The University Library in Durham City has an Archives and Special Collections section that attracts scholars from all over the world.

When you complete your course and progress to your degree, you will be studying at a world top 100 university with a global reputation for teaching and research. Lecturers are world-leaders their fields, and students benefit from cutting-edge facilities.

Durham University is one of the UK’s most historic universities, and its unique collegiate system creates a strong sense of belonging. The University provides outstanding opportunities that help to enrich student life and create some of the world’s most sought after graduates.

Wide range of degree subjects

Once you complete your pathway programme, you can choose from a range of degree subjects at Durham University. From anthropology to psychology, the University offers degrees to suit every interest and career aspiration, with expert teaching informed by the latest research. Explore your degree subject options here.

Abdulmalik from Saudi Arabia

A degree from Durham University will help me by providing me with the proper educational support and background to thrive and succeed, and work with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, where I aspire to work and achieve certain positions.

Abdulmalik from Saudi Arabia
Studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Now studying BSc (Hons) Geology


During your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will join one of 17 historic colleges. Each college provides accommodation, facilities and a supportive community of students.