Durham Student Guide – Where can I study?


Where can I study?

The University Library at Durham.

Durham is home to one university: the University of Durham (also referred to as Durham University). The university provides places of study for over 15,000 students every year. Durham University was founded in 1832 and is considered to be one of the oldest universities in England.

Durham University is spread over 227 hectares of land and includes part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 5 grade-one listed buildings and 68 grade-two listed building. The university is split across two campuses: Durham City and Queen’s Campus, and a free bus service runs frequently between the two campuses. The university is organised into three faculties: the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Science.

Durham City is the main university campus and includes 14 of the 16 colleges. The science site contains the majority of departments and lecture theatres along with the main university library and the Calman Learning Centre. Mountjoy is home to the Psychology and Biological and Biomedical schools as well as a number of research centres. Queen’s Campus opened in 1992 and can be found in the town of Thornaby-on-Tees, approximately 30 miles from the Durham city centre. The campus is home to students studying degrees in accounting, business and finance, human sciences, and primary education.

Durham University has a strong reputation for academic excellence and consistently ranks within the top universities in the UK. In 2012, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Durham 83rd out of the top 400 universities in the world.

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