About us

Durham has been at the fore of European scholarship for hundreds of years. Long before the University was founded in 1832, the scholarly monastic community gave Durham an unrivalled reputation for learning from the 13th century CE.


Inspiring the Extraordinary
We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.


A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other. 


Why study at Durham?

Whatever your interests, whatever your passion, we’ve more than likely got a course for you. We currently have 27 departments and schools, offering over 200 undergraduate courses, not to mention postgraduate degrees, both taught and research. We think you’ll be spoilt for choice. Our research-led education will challenge you, inspire you and help you achieve the extraordinary. 


Our distinctive college system and wider student experience programme including drama, music, sport, volunteering, and more will help you to grow and develop as a person.


  • Ranked 78th in the World top 100 (QS World University Rankings) 2024 and 27th in Europe.
  • 19 subjects in the World Top 100 (2022).

  • Over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • Over 4300 academic and support staff.