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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


  • #6 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
  • #6 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2023
  • #6 in the Complete University Guide 2023

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • just over 16,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • just over 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 100 universities in the in the world for graduate employability (QS World University Rankings 2020). 
  • 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 currently place Durham 19th for Arts & Humanities and 35th for Law globally.

Within the in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, Durham is ranked 1st for Music, 2nd for Archaeology, Classics, Criminology, Italian and Natural Sciences; 3rd for Physics and Astronomy, Russian and Sociology; 4th for History; 5th for German; 6th for Iberian languages; 7th for Education, General Engineering and Law; 8th for Geology, Philosophy and Sports Science; 9th for Economics, English and Linguistics.

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