Durham University is distinctive. We seek to achieve the highest distinction in scholarship and research which makes a real difference to mankind. We are equally committed to excellence in education and the transmission of knowledge. But it is much more than that. The World Heritage Site at the heart of our University has been a centre of scholarship for over 1000 years. Our students come from all walks of life and from over 120 countries to experience a truly rounded education.

Our 16 distinctive colleges, ancient and modern, are residential communities of scholars – undergraduates, postgraduates and staff – which instil in our students a sense of community, leadership, social responsibility and the opportunity to explore their passion to make a difference in whatever sphere of life they choose.

Durham University offers its students a challenging and rewarding education through its ethos of research-led teaching combined with opportunities for personal development. We are committed to education, instilling in our students the ability to learn and think together with an emphasis on leadership, respect for others and social and environmental responsibility. We are preparing our graduates for the rest of their life.

At Durham, our students have direct access to some of the world?s finest academic minds ? they learn how to learn and become self-starting, able to turn their hand to anything and make a difference in whatever field of endeavour they choose. Students are taught by leaders in their fields ? people who themselves are making a difference through their research and teaching.

Whilst academic excellence is important, we recognise that academic success is only half the story ? we encourage personal development and skills through participation in the widest variety of extracurricular activities. It is no surprise that our students are sought widely by employers and make their mark at national and international levels.

Durham welcomes the most talented students, whatever their background. Our student body comes from over 120 countries worldwide, an enriching experience for all. Competition for places is high: typically we receive about eight applications for every undergraduate place.
Nonetheless, we work hard to ensure that those students who will most benefit from the type of high quality education we offer can come to Durham.

Our undergraduate teaching combines traditional methods, such as personal tutorials, with the most advanced digital approaches. For example, we lead the UK?s only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Active Learning in Computing. We seek to encourage student engagement where knowledge is obtained by sharing, problem-solving and creating. We generate innovative tools to support active learning techniques, revolutionising the learning environment to enable students to control the pace and style of their learning as well as to significantly enhance their employability.

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Undergraduate study

Fees and funding

These pages aim to show that the vast majority of students can afford to invest in their future by studying at Durham University. Once you have read through them you should have an idea of:

How much university is going to cost you
What scholarships and financial support are available
Managing your finances.

Want to know more?

You can find up-to-date information on student finance, including details on how to apply for finance and paying back your student loan by visiting

Did you know…

Most English students studying in the UK, and EU students studying at English universities, won’t have to pay up front for tuition; the cost will be covered by a loan supplied by the government and paid direct to the institution for you.
Most students can also get a loan to help with living costs from the Government.
These loans are rolled into one. You only pay back your loan once you’ve left university and are earning over £21,000
Your monthly payment rate will be based on how much you earn, not how much you borrowed. So if your salary is £25,000 a year, you pay nine per cent of £4,000, which works out as £6.92 a week.
You will pay 9p for every pound you earn over the £21,000 repayment threshold.
Government grants, which you don’t have to pay back, are also available to help with living costs, though these depend on your household income.

(Reference: Student Finance – Directgov)

Student Funding: The Facts

Martin Lewis from discusses student funding from 2012.

How to apply

Thinking of applying to Durham? If you are planning to apply for a full-time degree programme (BA, BSc, MSci, MEng), then you will need to apply throughUCAS. Before you apply you need to check that:

  •     we offer the course you want to study
  •     you can meet the entry requirements
  •     you have the necessary support to pay for fees and meet your living costs.

Alternatively you may contact the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor in the department in which you wish to study.

Study options

At Durham University we offer you a number of degree routes, allowing you to tailor your degree to meet your needs:

  •     Single Honours
  •     Joint Honours
  •     Single Honours with subsidiary subjects
  •     Single Honours with a named subsidiary subject
  •     Named routes in Natural Sciences
  •     Combined Honours in Arts, Science and Social Sciences in which you study three or four subjects
  •     Four-year honours programmes in some subjects.

Our modular degree system gives you even more flexibility by:

Combining subjects

  • Studying one or more subjects in depth
  • Tailoring your degree to meet your needs.

Postgraduate study

Applying to Durham University

You can apply to most of our postgraduate programmes via our online application process, below. However, if you wish to apply for:

Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), contact the School of Education
Master of Social Work, contact the School of Applied Social Sciences

Online application process

  •     Contact the department
  •     Complete the application form
  •     We process your application
  •     Our response

Fees and finance

As a postgraduate student you will be required to pay tuition fees to the University. Your tuition fees will depend on whether you are a ‘home student’ or an ‘international student’, and on the programme you study. Our tuition fees for 2012/13 are available on our finance web pages.

To find out whether you are a ‘home student’ or an ‘international student’ please contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office via email:  [email protected].

As well as your tuition fees, you will also need to meet your day-to-day living and course costs whilst you study with us. For information on accommodation costs at Durham University please visit our accommodation web pages.

Funding Opportunities

Durham University is delighted to offer a wide range of full and partial funding opportunities to outstanding applicants wishing to study towards Masters and doctoral degrees. Durham Doctoral Studentships and Research Council Studentships cover tuition fees and living costs, whilst Scholarships contribute to tuition fees and/or living costs.

To find out which funding opportunities are open to you follow the links below:

Faculty of Arts

Students wishing to study Classics and Ancient History, English Studies, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, or Theology and Religion please visit:
Faculty of Science

Students wishing to study Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Computing Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, or Psychology please
Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Students wishing to study Anthropology, Applied Social Sciences, Archaeology, Education, Economics, Finance and Business, Geography, Government and International Affairs, Medicine and Health, or Law please

World-class qualifications – study options available to you

Our postgraduate students are a vital part of the academic community, and we pay particular attention to the distinctive contribution that our taught and research students bring to Durham. In turn, we appreciate the specific education and development needs of our postgraduates, and provide tailored support through our Graduate School, our faculties and our departments.

There are many different ways you can study at Durham. You can apply for a taught degree offering lecture or seminar courses in a specific area, undertake your own studies under expert academic supervision as part of a research degree, or register for a professional doctorate combining taught modules with an extended research thesis. Each route has its own unique features and benefits. Flexible study routes are available to fit around your life and preferred style of study, and you can study for most qualifications on either a full-time or part-time basis.


Academic Departments

  •     Anthropology
  •     Applied Social Sciences, School of
    •         Community and Youth Work
    •         Social Work
    •         Sociology and Criminology
    •         Sport
  •     Archaeology
  •     Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  •     Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)
    •         Ushaw College
  •     Chemistry
  •     Classics and Ancient History
  •     Earth Sciences
  •     Education
  •     Engineering and Computing Sciences, School of
  •     English Language Centre
  •     English Studies
  •     Foundation Centre
  •     Geography
  •     Government & International Affairs
  •     History
  •     Law School
  •     Mathematical Sciences
  •     Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, School of
  •     Modern Languages & Cultures, School of
  •     Music
  •     Philosophy
  •     Physics
  •     Psychology
  •     Theology &

Contact details

Main postal addresses
The Palatine Centre
Durham University
Stockton Road
Queen’s Campus:
Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton
University Boulevard
Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6BH