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Durham University

About Durham University

Durham is one of the world’s leading Universities as shown by our World Top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th.

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the World Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including 10 in the World Top 50.

Three of our subjects are in the World Top 10 - Theology and Religion (fifth), Archaeology (sixth) and Geography (ninth).

Excellence in teaching and research
In addition, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Law are all in the top 50 in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject.

Nationally, we’re consistently a top 10 UK university. We are ranked fifth in the Guardian University Guide 2019, sixth in The Complete University Guide 2019 and seventh in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

The rankings signal our excellence in teaching and research, combined with our all-round student experience. This makes our graduates highly sought after by employers around the world.

A distinctive university
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University, said:

"Durham is one of the world’s great universities and one of the most distinctive. We aim to inspire our students and staff to achieve extraordinary things and I am delighted that this is recognised by our continued high standing in global and national league tables."

Durham University Rankings

  • #201-300 Universities Rankings - ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) 2020
  • #86 World University Ranking - QS 2021
  • #149 University Ranking - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #7 University Ranking (UK) - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #4 University Rankings - The Guardian 2021
  • #238 Global Universities - US News & World Report 2021

Why Durham University?

Ranked 77th in Top Universities Abroad

  • Durham University is ranked 34th in the world for the employability of graduates according to QS World University Rankings 2018
  • Durham is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its World Top 100 position in two influential global league tables
  • In the QS World University Rankings 2017-18, the University is 78th
  • In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17, Durham is ranked 96th
  • In the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings Durham University has eight subjects in the top 50 and 14 in the top 100
  • The 2016-17 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings placed Arts and Humanities in 29th place in the world and Physical Sciences climbed 23 places to 60th

Durham University Department structure

Durham University is split into four different faculties:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Students have seven departments to study from in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. These include Classics and Ancient History; Music; Philosophy; English Studies; Theology and Religion; Liberal Arts; and History. This faculty also includes the school of Modern Languages and Cultures, which specialise in a number of different languages.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, within eight different departments. These include postgraduate research degrees. The departments available to study from include Biosciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth Sciences; Engineering; Mathematical Sciences; and Physics and Psychology.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

There are ten different schools and departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Areas of study include anthropology; archaeology; business; education; geography; government and international affairs; law; sociology; and sport and exercise sciences.

Durham University Business school

There are a number of featured programs within the school, including MBA, masters, undergraduate, DBA, PhD and part time study programme options. Programmes within this school combine academic excellence and incisive research, whilst offering students exceptional global business collections.

Durham University Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Arts (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 22900
Management (7 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 22900 - GBP 31500

Durham University Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Engineering IELTS , PTE
Information Technology (IT) IELTS , PTE , TOEFL
Management IELTS , PTE , TOEFL

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

All international applicants at Durham, applying at undergraduate or postgraduate levels are required to submit their English proficiency proof along with other documents to be considered for admission. Here are a few minimum requirements on the various tests Durham accepts.

Test name Minimum score
TOEFL (Internet-based) 92
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C
Cambridge Scale (CAE or CPE) 176
Pearson Test of English 62

Durham University Highlights

Established 1832
Type Public
Campus Setting Urban
Entity Not for Profit
Academic Calendar Trimesters
Faculties Arts and Humanities, Business, Science, and Social Science and Health.
Programs 200 UG and 100 PG
Number of Colleges 17
Total Enrollment 20,268
International Students 30%
Countries Represented 130
Financial Aid Scholarships and Bursaries
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Durham University Cost of Attendance

For international candidates aspiring to study at Durham University, it is mandatory to have an estimate of the cost of living in the UK. The list of basic expenses to be considered for applying for admission at the institute is as detailed below.

Item Amount per annum (GBP)
Tuition 16,000-40,000
Accommodation 600-1,320
Food 360
Phone and utilities 120-600
Books and supplies 500
Clothes and toiletries 700
Leisure 1,500
Total 23,780-36,480

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Durham University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 25,500


£ 21,730

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 12,086

Campus accommodation

£ 7,478

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.