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- Entry Requirements
224-239 UCAS Points
Average range for Durham University entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.
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- TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
- Confirmed Sept/Oct start
- TEACHING MODE:
- Online learning
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- TEACHING NOTES:
- The UK Government has now confirmed that further in-person teaching at English universities cannot start again until Monday 17 May at the earliest, as part of Step 3 of the Roadmap. Durham asks students not to come back ahead of that date or before government gives consent, unless it is essential you do so to support educational needs.
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Being an international student, Durham was one of the most welcoming and supportive communities. It is an inclusive, accepting and loving environment where every student is given equal opportunities. There is so much diversity and people from different cultures. It’s a beautiful and historical city with 16 colleges spread all across town. There are so many opportunities and clubs you can get involved with and it’s truly and amazing experience!
My experience of doing a PhD at Durham University has been fantastic, despite the circumstances of it being during a global pandemic, though this is mostly due to the supportiveness of my supervisors and the staff of the History Department. Teaching a module was a real joy and a credit to the student body.
It’s a very comfortable, nice accommodation. The area is very convenient as there is a large tesco store 1 minute away, and restaurants within a short walking distance. The accommodation is clean, the rooms are large and have many shelves, places to put stuff in. The staff are really nice, helpful and friendly, they’re always trying their best to make the residents feel comfortable during their stay at the accommodation.😊
There's so many opportunities, especially with the collegiate system you'll receive a tonne of emails inviting you to all sorts to get you involved. Even in COVID-19, they were really active in making sure everyone had an opportunity to meet friends and get a similar uni experience despite the difficulties
Durham University is a great place to study and improve the skills. The best thing is that you will find more choices and more opportunities to develop yourself and interact with a large diverse student body. And you will be studying at a top 100 university!!
The classes were online the whole year. Unfortunately, due to covid, I did not have the opportunity to go to the university. However, the societies continued their online activities, keeping us informed by email. The university libraries were very clean and the environment was pleasant to work in, with the wifi always working.
I’m in my last year of PhD at Durham and I can say it’s been a weird one, besides Covid and all I think the overall experience was nice. The feeling I have is that everything is quite catered to undergrad students and PhDs are never really taken into consideration, I guess because we’re not many to begin with. The environment is quite stressful and people put a lot of pressure on each other and themselves to show how good a Durham student is supposed to be, but as long as you don’t really pay attention to that it’s fine.
Seeing as I’ve attended in the midst of a pandemic, I don’t have very much to comment on. All I can say is that they seem to have done their best to provide an experience as close to normalcy as it gets. Judging by what I’ve heard, they do seem to have exerted more effort than a lot of other U.K. universities have.
Although I had my postgraduate year under the COVID lockdown and I had to had all my courses online, I still had a great time. Most of my teachers and university staffs are helpful and patient. I did get some help from the uni career service by giving me instructions for volunteering jobs.
I have been unable to use any campus fascilities due to the Covid pandemic. The Societies I've been subscribed in weren't very active, for the same reason, I imagine. But I've heard they're good under normal circumstances.
I have really enjoyed my time at Durham uni- irregardless of the reputation we are sometimes given. The facilities are good, the college system is a lovely way of getting people to meet new people, and the events are amazing. I’ve loved my course, the lecturers are very good and thorough, and always available for drop in sessions. I’ve felt very well supported throughout my time here- there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.
I have recently graduated from Durham University and I did not enjoy my time there. It is elitist in every aspect of its being. The facilities are shockingly outdated and filthy. The lecturers are unqualified and poor at teaching. The tutors are condescending and unhelpful. Of the three years I was there, two years had strikes for weeks on end. The staff is unorganised and unhelpful. I am leaving the university feeling significantly less confident in my academic abilities, and my mental health has gotten tremendously worse. As an international student, I cannot recommend Durham University as the university is useless when it comes to anything having to do with issues international students may face. It is very clear that the university is marketed toward a very specific demographic and everyone who falls outside of that demographic is unimportant. Not to mention that the university has a horrible reputation for enabling sexual assault, and in my experience I have yet to see otherwise.
The best British University in my mind. It is decent and elegant. Everything here is in great order, students can study in the best academic and physical environment. I believe that the experience at Durham University will be my best memory.
I have hated my time at Durham University. The embedded elitism extends from the students right up to lecturers, college principles and governing figures. The lectures are of an immensely poor quality and honestly feel as though my degree has been a waste of time and money. I was getting a better quality of teaching and producing better work at school. The college I was a member of felt like boarding school and the facilities were horrendous. The quality of the food was shocking, the bathrooms were in a consistently vulgar state and the shared kitchen had a mouse infestation. If you want an enjoyable university experience, Durham is not the place.
It's a city based university, so no campus. The city is gorgeous. Tonnes of clubs and societies, in my experience the music societies are particularly good/ friendly but depends what you're into. Careers service is pretty good but can only speak for my department who are quite hot on it.
Durham has a great reputation but honestly has very poor teaching quality and bad course management. The content is complex, rarely reviewed, and the assignments are significantly above what you are taught. A 2.1 requires a lot of wider reading and it is almost impossible to get a first in some subjects. Mark schemes/Marking criteria is rarely referenced to in feedback, and feedback is often wrong. Students correct lecturers, and lecturers don’t help students. It’s a not an education.
If you're an international student, dont bother. You will receive a worthless degree that will not assist you in attaining your goals in your home country, because no one has heard of this University outside of the UK.
Uni has a main campus with several offshoots around town, depending on your subject. Some of the buildings are very old and need modernising, but there are also newer facilities which students can use for their own study, such as the TLC. Generally you can walk between sites if needed but can be pushed for time. An assortment of eating places on campus although they are not student-friendly prices. Careers service is excellent and lots of information and friendly staff available, you can make appointments to discuss options. Quality of teaching could be improved greatly, including giving us staff who are actually qualified in their subject area! and not finishing the sessions earlier than scheduled. Can be hard to know who to approach for guidance and can be slow to receive feedback for work. Seems to be a variety of socials and societies to become involved in, heavy sports presence on campus which comes with the usual drinking culture - seems that most clubs' socials revolve around it
Awesome year abroad at Durham University. It's my first time to the UK but I'm loving it already. For a small town, Durham actually caters really well to students and there is student WiFi pretty much everywhere around town. There are tons of societies to join, there is lots to do!
Wifi on campus (basically, most of durham centre/ the science site), is amazing. I have never had any problems connecting, and the signal is always strong. If you take a STEM subject, or happen to be mostly on the science site, the facilities are great. They're new and well looked after, with modern features. The new Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC/Tilly C), has a nice atmosphere, and the 2nd floor is a really nice place to study. However, if you take a Humanities course you will probably spend most of your time in the Elvet Riverside buildings. Whilst some money has been spent on them recently, they're still subpar, and need some serious renovations. If you are considering coming to Durham one other thing you should really know is don't join the Uni health centre, there are better GP's in the area.
Durham University has everything I could want and more from college experience. Plenty of spaces to study and eat in between classes so that I always feel like I’m a part of the university. The student body is full of people from all over the world.
Wi-fi is accessible in all the sections of Durhan Uni, the society I'm part of is absolutely amazing in that it's really relaxing and you can meet tons of people, play some casual games. The lectures rooms are generally quite nice and Encore is a great system in place in pretty much all of my modules, so you can always review past lectures.
Durham University is located in a small city, which is more of a town really than a city, so not the best if you are looking for more of a stereotypical bustling space. Overall, the architecture is very nice, but a lot of the buildings could use updates.
I got extremely fit by the end of my first year as I had to walk on average 2-3 hours a day. Depending on your choice of modules, you end up walking or running up and down hills between lectures from one end of town to the other.
I love Durham. Everyone I’ve met have been nice, kind and caring people. I have definitely met friends for lives. I would recommend anyone to come here. Especially if they love academics. Only downside is nightlife. But societies and Newcastle make up for that! Love this uni and love the people.
It is impossible not to be involved in something at Durham - it engages everyone academically, socially (with the collegiate system) and physically with a wide range of sports and societies on offer. The best 3 years of my life, I've made friends that are like family to me now!
Historic and beautiful Colleges - regardless of whether they were built 12 years ago or 120 years ago. However, the university this year specifically has been plagued by unfortunate publicity events and lower than standard WiFi.
Could not imagine a better place to study and live. Such a wonderful city to be in with endless opportunities and communities. Feel incredibly lucky to be in Durham and will always feel connected to this amazing university.
Amazing university, great community feel with the collegiate system and beautiful setting! Would highly recommend to anyone, absolutely love it! However, needs HUGE improvement on tackling mental health and wellbeing as seems to brush people under the rug and even give them orders to leave Durham if they mention mental health issues! Shocking!
A really unique experience living with wonderful people in beautiful colleges and surroundings. Always busy, taught well and challenged to achieve our best while having so many activities and societies ti pick from. Work hard, play hard
Beautiful city with so much to get involved with! Societies are so friendly and can get involved with everything, don’t be afraid to try things you’ve never done before. Professors are so supportive and helpful, facilities are excellent. Overall the best place to be
One of the best in the UK and the world. Its high academics are on par with Oxbridge, and in some cases higher. My course is top 3 in the world, above Cambridge, Yale, and Princeton. We wear robes and have a castle! We have leading academics in the field and get the feeling the future is bright. Durham is true British education and just as good as Ixbridge, just less elitism and snobbery.
If you want a collegiate, fun, social experience in a small but ancient city with incredibly scenery all around and a first class education, then this is for you. Durham is the only other collegiate university in the UK outside Oxford and Cambridge. It's not for slackers and they expect you to be a self-starter so don't expect to be spoon-fed but if you are dedicated to your subject(s) and you want to have fun then it would be hard to find a better place. Durham graduates are highly employable, well-prepared and engaged in a very diverse and international range of professions.
Campus: Castle smells a bit, everywhere else quite nice Clubs and Societies: DULT is great Students Union: 60's architecture deceptively pretty at first but staff are very friendly, should push for NUS disaffiliation Careers: Staff very patient and friendly Internet / Wifi: STOP USING OUTLOOK
I love Durham as a place and university, although I wish the students union was a bigger part of student life. I don't know much about the careers service as I am in first year but it seems pretty good. There are tons of societies so there is something for everyone.
Students Union doesn't play an active role, but college JCRs do. Internet can be tempremental but is available in numerous locations. Careers service isn't great but has improved over the years, but clubs and societies are great
I study at Durham Queen's campus and student satisfaction is extremely low. The campus sucks. There are limited facilities and there is not much stores or restaurants or other palces of leisure activity. Can say that there is simply nothing to do in Stockton. Also all the social activities including socieities are in Durham which is 1 hour bus ride from Stockton. This makes it extremely difficult for many Stockton students to join societies.
Union has not really existed for the beginning of the term. Things have been ticking over, but nothing has actually been implemented. The sheer number of Clubs and Societies on offer is mind boggling. Every college has about 20 and then there are 250 odd university societies with a further 50 odd university sports. If you want to get involved, it's easy!
Campus: The collegiate system is amazing, really made my experience what it was. Facilities: A little old and quite spread out, but not surprising as many lecture halls are in really old buildings. Clubs/Socs: Incredible, there's one for everyone and/or you can make your own. 'If you come to Durham and only leave with a degree, you've wasted your opportunity here' - quote from our college principal. SU: Not a significant part of life, colleges provide what the SU at other unis would be there for. Careers: Durham has huge pulling power with employers (those that know what they're doing anyway) but don't be arrogant about it, it's not a right to be employed on leaving! Internet: No major issues, appreciated how fast/reliable it was when I got my own on leaving... All in all, I really enjoyed my time here and wouldn't change anything. I hope you choose Durham and enjoy every minute!
This institution really sums up the British education experience, an eclectic mix of interesting people, sportsmen and students. It is not in every university where, through the collegiate system, a feeling of togetherness and inclusion is fostered in such an organic manner. A giant of old, Durham is one of the greatest establishments, academic or otherwise, in this great nation.
I loved my time at Durham. I made amazing friends, developed important skills and founds lots of ways to volunteer and just be a good person. As for the university though... I saw zero improvements to my department I my three years, yet so many problems. It's not a modern university trying to provide a great educstion; it's an old school trying to maintain a high status so it doesn't need to compete with other universities by offering modern facilities, improving it's departments or horrible, cliquey college system, or any other numerous services.
Studying at Durham has been such a rich experience for me; you get to engage so much more with people, sports and societies because of the amazing intercollegiate system. There's so many events besides lectures and studying in the year for you to try out new things and it has really improved me on a personal level. It's a university that gives you a great education whilst letting you enjoy so much more.
Amazing facilities and the college experience is brilliant! Being part of a college makes you feel as if you really matter and the college events are great! The city is beautiful and everything is in walking distance. The work load is intense though.
A great university with so much charm and character. You are made to feel welcome from the first day and there are so many opportunities to get involved with. The collegiate system gives so many opportunities for students to gain leadership experience and help to improve the student experience for others. Although it is a small city there are still lots of things to get involved with and Newcastle is close by. The students here are all very intelligent but are not all 100% focused on work and appreciate the need for extra curricular activities making it an inspiring place to be! I would recommend anyone who has the opportunity to come here to go here!
My department allowed me to succeed in any area I chose. My course was guided by a team of highly intelligent and inspiring academic staff who very much want you to realise your potential; one couldn't ask for better support, frankly. As an organist, reading Music at Durham, there were more opportunities than time to commit to them, so I could never have been bored. Pubs/bars/clubs/Newcastle always provide a stimulating aura of reflection following rehearsals and concerts... The college system I found extremely helpful, pastorally and financially. Van Mildert College I came to hold quite close, though most of what I did occurred outside of college. It provided a hub for pretty much any issue or non-issue you might have, as well as having useful facilities (such as practice rooms, and a newly refurbished Bechstein grand piano in my case). I would definitely recommend to a friend, and there was certainly more I would've like to explore, yet time allows for only so many adventures.....
Being collegiate makes such a huge difference, you meet people you would otherwise never have met, and you get opportunities to play every sport imaginable at a competitive level. Ecstatic that I chose Durham, and will forever be in love with it.
Main campus is wonderful whilst Queens campus lacks a collegiate vibe due to the lack of colleges (only 2) surrounding the area, also the location of the campus is in a roughy area of the country making it unwise to travel alone at night time
Truly the most amazing place in the world, where I will be unbelievably sad to leave. A myriad of fantastic opportunities to develop as an academic and an individual. The only thing letting Durham down is the slightly ugly Student Union building!
Durham is honestly a really special place - it has definitely obtained the healthy balance between academic work and stimulation, and an amazing variety of clubs and societies to join. Our students' union does not play as prominent a part in Durham partly because of the collegiate system, so that we socialise in our colleges. I really can't imagine my university experience being any better than this.
You have Oxbridge but I honestly would say Durham is a better uni. The beauty is that yes you need to have some intellectual ability however they look at all of your qualities not just the academic ones. You become an all round talented person, which I think is what is lacking from Oxbridge!
the environment is very calm and friendly and I found it easy to settle in due to the process by which they allow students to mingle with one another. I love the fact that in every college they make a conscious effort to integrate every kind of activity that pertains to the different tastes of the vast diverse of students.
The uni spends money on weird things (e.g. £2m of artwork unseen by most students) that makes it feel as though the students are not always the priority. Science facilities (with the new science site) far superior to those of Arts & Humanities subjects, drawing questions over value for money of humanities courses. Sports faciliies and range of societies is great, collegiate system allows everyone to get involved.