Durham University

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Contact Stockton Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3LE, United Kingdom

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Durham’s University College was founded in 1832 before it was granted a Royal Charter in 1837 by King William IV, making it Durham University.

It is a Russell Group institution with a staff count of over 3,000, more than 30 per cent of whom are of non-UK origin. Symbolic of its international approach, the university welcomes over 4,500 international students from 156 countries worldwide.

Durham University attracts around 17,500 students of all levels. Roughly 21 per cent of its student body are of non-UK origin, and with staff and students combined, around 150 countries and nationalities are represented.

The university is made up of three faculties: arts and humanities, science and social science, and health. It comprises 16 colleges with 25 departments and schools that come together to offer over 200 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses, as well as research programmes.

The Durham University estate is spread across two campuses and spans around 227 hectares of land. The estate is home to part of a UNESCO world heritage site (in recognition of Durham’s historical and architectural importance) and comprises several listed buildings,

The main campus is in the city of Durham, where 14 of the 16 colleges and most of the academic schools are located. The Queen’s campus is in the town of Stockton-on-Tees, around 30 miles from Durham, which was established in 1992 and is located on the river Tees.

Sport is a key aspect of student life at Durham where the majority of students regularly participate in one or more sports.

The Durham University alumni community is known as Dunelm and include the England cricketer Andrew Strauss, founder of the Eden Project, Tim Smit, and the journalist Sir Harold Evans.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Social Science, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

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United Kingdom
Stockton Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3LE, United Kingdom

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I had a great experience at Durham. It’s diverse yet integrated student body combined with the quality of teaching and beauty of the place made my experience incomparable. I have recently finished my 3 year undergraduate degree in Philosophy and...

I had a great experience at Durham. It’s diverse yet integrated student body combined with the quality of teaching and beauty of the place made my experience incomparable. I have recently finished my 3 year undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology but have decided to go back to Durham to pursue my masters in Management because of how great my experience has been.

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Lots of interesting, fun and intelligent students, coupled with open and helpful academic staff. The university is well organised I believed compared to its rivals such as Exeter and Edinburgh. Needs to improve its diversity and also the cost of...

Lots of interesting, fun and intelligent students, coupled with open and helpful academic staff. The university is well organised I believed compared to its rivals such as Exeter and Edinburgh. Needs to improve its diversity and also the cost of living is rising at an alarming rate.

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Durham University is one of the best leading universities for English Literature. It was for this reason why I applied. Commonly known as the University for Oxbridge rejects, it is not a bad thing. In terms of location, Durham is far from the...

Durham University is one of the best leading universities for English Literature. It was for this reason why I applied. Commonly known as the University for Oxbridge rejects, it is not a bad thing. In terms of location, Durham is far from the South - which is where many students here originate from. The academic side of the Uni is a solid 5/5, the nightlife 3/5. If it weren't for the collegiate system the Uni would not be as unique and quirky.

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My experience at Durham has been a predominantly positive one. I would recommend the university to people who want to study at a collegiate university which ranks high but are not (yet) ready to live in a big city. LIBERAL ARTS Liberal Arts is...

My experience at Durham has been a predominantly positive one. I would recommend the university to people who want to study at a collegiate university which ranks high but are not (yet) ready to live in a big city. LIBERAL ARTS Liberal Arts is an incredibly flexible degree, which allows you to combine various subjects from the Humanities, as well as from the Social and Natural Sciences. This means that you can design your own degree programme for yourself, picking and choosing subjects and modules that interest you. Throughout my degree, I studied English Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Business. An additional bonus to Liberal Arts is that the staff is kind and helpful, you can turn to them with any problems you might have. They helped me immensely with my studies, module choices, year abroad applications, amongst others. A disadvantage of this course is that it lacks the kind of community that single honours programmes have. LECTURES, SEMINARS, RESOURCES Having experienced the teaching styles of various departments, I can tell you that the style, quality, and workload differ tremendously across departments. Overall, all the departments are helpful, but teachers in certain departments tend to be more available than others. The lecturers are generally knowledgeable and passionate about their subject. The lectures and seminars are mostly useful and of a high quality, but this also differs across departments. Students studying Humanities and/or Social Sciences normally don’t have many contact hours. The workload throughout the academic year is manageable, but during exam season it becomes quite heavy. The library offers a wide variety of books, although depending on your modules it might not have everything on your reading list. COLLEGE SYSTEM Durham operates a collegiate system which assists students with the transition from living with your parents to living alone. If you have any mental health issues, difficulties with your studies, or any other problems, your college will help you solve them. Most colleges are catered, which means you won’t have to worry about cooking. Depending on your college you also have access to various facilities, like libraries, study rooms, gyms, common rooms, music rooms, etc. Furthermore, you can get involved in college sports and/or other college-level extracurriculars. You shouldn’t just think of your college as an accommodation which helps you with your problems. Colleges are communities with their own unique characteristics, and with fun events like college day, formals, and balls. A disadvantage of the college system is that the facilities you have access to highly depends on your college and not all colleges have the same facilities. EXTRACURRICULARS Durham offers a wide variety of university-level extracurriculars. You can get involved with volunteering, sports teams, the film society, one of the many theatre or musical societies, amongst others. You will most certainly be able to find a society that offers something you are interested in. This will also give you the opportunity to make friends relatively easily and connect with people who have the same interests and passions as you. University-level sport can be very costly, and not all university-level sports are on and are taught on the same level. COMMUNITY While you will most certainly find your people and community, Durham lacks diversity. Elitism is well and alive in Durham, as most students are posh, rich, and white. Internationals and/or minorities might feel excluded, discriminated against (by locals and students), and they might feel like they don’t belong to the elitist cliques students form. Nevertheless, in my experience, most students find their community and make plenty of friends.

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The college system is what really makes this university great. It's perfect for bachelors as it becomes so easy to make friends and living in college is a completely different atmosphere. Academically the workload is a bit heavy but focused only...

The college system is what really makes this university great. It's perfect for bachelors as it becomes so easy to make friends and living in college is a completely different atmosphere. Academically the workload is a bit heavy but focused only during exam time, so you can take it easy during the year. Economics did not have a lot of contact hours, around 9 per week including tutorials. Overall is a very well ranked university and I had a great time, however if you prefer continuous and interactive learning, Durham is not for you.

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As an international student, I can confidently say that Durham University has an excellent environment for students. This city, including the Uni, provides a comfortable atmosphere to live and to enjoy your uni life. You can never get enough of...

As an international student, I can confidently say that Durham University has an excellent environment for students. This city, including the Uni, provides a comfortable atmosphere to live and to enjoy your uni life. You can never get enough of the stunning countryside view. The professors are kind and always welcome any questions related to the lectures. It's a dream school that worth spending three years.

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For me, Durham was definitely the right university to choose. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to study at a high-ranking and academic university but is not ready to live in a large and very busy city. Complete with a beautiful cathedral...

For me, Durham was definitely the right university to choose. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to study at a high-ranking and academic university but is not ready to live in a large and very busy city. Complete with a beautiful cathedral and castle it is also ideal for anyone who wants to be surrounded by history. History Durham offers a history degree which you can make your own. You are able to choose every one of your modules, within these choose essays on aspects you are most interested in. The modules on offer have a broad geographical and chronological range, providing you with the opportunity to discover new periods and types of history. I was able to study medieval and Chinese history for the first time. You can even choose which strand of historiography you would like to study, these range for gender history to the history of nativism to microhistories, giving you the option to specialise quite early on. Another way you can personalise your degree is by taking elective modules in another discipline, modules from English Literature, Politics and International Relations and Modern Languages combine particularly well with History. In the first two years of the programme you have to study at least one medieval, early modern and late module, so if you only want to study one period of history this course may not be for you. The lecturers and seminar leaders are very passionate about their subject and are always ready to recommend reading material and primary sources for essays. They have weekly office hours which you can attend for extra feedback or advice without booking, and many are happy to arrange appointments at other times with you. History students have an average of eight contact hours a week, so self-discipline and organisation are key to stay on top of the heavy workload. If you need a more structured timetable or would like a degree with lots of teaching hours, you might want to consider a different course. Every week you have discussion-based seminars which you have to prepare for in advance, and lectures which provide an overview of the course content. The seminars reinforce your understanding of ideas and themes outlined in the lectures and prepare you for the essays and exams. You are assessed through both summative essays and exams. Often the summative essays are due around the same time, meaning that the workload can become particularly heavy for periods of time. The ‘Durham Difference’ Durham, unlike most other universities, is a collegiate university. Being part of a college community makes the transition from being at home and in a school environment easier. Colleges are far more than just a support network, they have a range of facilities, including libraries, gyms, common rooms, music rooms, and tennis courts. They also host social events throughout the year which include formals, college days and balls. All colleges have bars with their own character and signature drink, which make bar crawls particularly enjoyable. Drinks are affordable, a single vodka lemonade costs around £1.50. College bars also offer a place for students to work, the hours are designed to work around their degree. Each college is unique, they are of different sizes and are located in different parts of the city. The older colleges are in the centre, whilst the newer ones are on the hill, some are fully catered whilst others offer self-catering. Therefore, there is much choice and most students find one that they will feel comfortable in. However, getting your first-choice college is not guaranteed: the ones in the centre of town tend to be more over-subscribed than the ones on the hill. Moreover, the facilities and events offered at each college differ greatly, some have larger bars and multiple libraries, and the more traditional colleges have regular gowned formals, whilst some others have informal ones more infrequently. Each college has its own sports and societies; you can continue to play or try out a new sport or activity in a relaxed environment. Equally, if you want to be involved in larger societies or play sport more competitively there are a plethora of teams and groups at the university level. Student body The Durham student body is predominantly white, middle class, and many are from private schools. International students, minorities or those from working-class backgrounds can feel isolated. However, I have found that most students find friends they feel comfortable with and communities or societies where they can meet like-minded students or those from similar backgrounds.

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The collegiate system means that there’s great pastoral care and a community feel. The city itself is small and homely with everything you could need. The work is just the right amount of challenging.

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