Durham University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 10. It is the third oldest university in England, and was one of the first universities to establish medical training. The majority of university buildings are in the historic, medium-sized city of Durham, 3 hours by train from London.

Key Facts


  • #7 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #5 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #6 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #78th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 13,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 4,500

  • Durham is one of the few UK universities with a collegiate system — currently there are 17 colleges.
  • It has 26 departments or schools, offering over 200 undergraduate courses.
  • Durham is one of the top 40 universities in the in the world for graduate employability (QS World University Rankings 2019). 
  • The university is investing £1bn over 10 years in digital and physical resources. All the growth will come in the small cathedral city of Durham, following the transfer of medical and other health students from the Stockton campus to Newcastle University.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Durham 27th for Arts & Humanities, 42nd for Law, 45th for Social Sciences and 51st for Education globally.

Within the in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Durham is currently ranked 1st in the UK for English, 3rd for Geography, History and Environmental Science, 4th for Classics and Ancient History, 5th for Chemistry, 9th for Computer Science and 10th for Education, Law and Maths.

Kings alumni at Durham University

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