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Durham University

Sporty Political City Rural By the sea

Ucas code: D86

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. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them. 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).
Source:Durham Students' Union

How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Diverse local nightlife

49%

LOW

Varied union activities

69%

MED

Political

69%

HIGH

Sporty

84%

HIGH

Creative

67%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Student satisfaction score 79% MED

Number of students

17,379

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

74%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

7%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

46%

of students are male

Young / Mature

7%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

29%

of students here are from outside the UK

What students say about this university

Dialog 626 comments (143 students)
    • Course

      a lot of hours and too hard to study in term time

      2018, 1st year, Organic Chemistry

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    • Accomodation

      chose to live here due to lower cost but very far away from where the majority live

      2018, 1st year, Organic Chemistry

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    • Accomodation

      friend of a friend lived in the accomodation we are going to live in so asked them for info

      2018, 1st year, Organic Chemistry

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    • Course

      My academic experience has been fantastic I have been given a lot of freedom to explore the topics that I find interesting, but...

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      2018, 2nd year, Social & Cultural Anthropology

      Course

      My academic experience has been fantastic I have been given a lot of freedom to explore the topics that I find interesting, but I do have to use a lot of initiative, and some may be disappointed by the lack of contact hours. I feel if I had not come from the background of the International Baccalaureate, I would not have done as well in my course as I have. I have ver few contact hours, but several assignments that require independent thought and research which is very time consuming. The tutors are all very helpful. Assessment and feedback is fair - you get back what you put in.

      2018, 2nd year, Social & Cultural Anthropology

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    • Scholarship

      I won an award and was given a scholarship

      2018, 2nd year, Social & Cultural Anthropology

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    • Accomodation

      I started to look for accommodation at the end of October as I knew from my previous experience (last year) that the houses go...

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      2018, 2nd year, Torts

      Accomodation

      I started to look for accommodation at the end of October as I knew from my previous experience (last year) that the houses go on the market very quickly in Durham. This was very stressful, and in my opinion unnecessary. A lot of students feel the same way, especially for first years, as it takes time to build friendships and figure out whom you would like to live with. Though I am very happy with the house signed for next year, the accommodation situation in Durham is an issue and should be dealt with.

      2018, 2nd year, Torts

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