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002 WHY CHOOSE DURHAM UNIVERSITY?

JOINING DURHAM UNIVERSITY

DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR LIFE During your time with us we will equip you with the skills you need for life. These skills can be developed through the impressive range of extracurricular activities we provide. Skills gained at Durham University are the skills we know employers are looking for, and ones which will really make you stand out from the crowd in the employment market.

You will have heard about our excellent reputation. Here are a few things you may not know...

OUR ACADEMIC QUALITY

OUR HIGH COMPLETION RATE

Durham University is ranked 83rd in the world in The Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2014­–15, and in the top 50 for the Arts and Humanities.

96% of our undergraduates successfully complete their degree in The Complete University Guide 2015 (sector average 86%).

In The Complete University Guide 2015, Durham is the only university to have all subjects ranked in the UK top 10 and we are ranked 5th overall.

OUR GRADUATES ARE IN DEMAND

OUR SATISFIED STUDENTS 91% of our students are satisfied with their experience at Durham University in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector average 86%).

The QS World University League Rankings 2014­–15 placed us in the top 25 universities globally for employer reputation. This demonstrates the high regard in which Durham University graduates are held worldwide and the demand for their expertise. In 2013 87% of UK and EU graduates from Durham University secured employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

WHEN YOU JOIN DURHAM UNIVERSITY YOU WILL BE STUDYING AT A WORLD TOP 100 UNIVERSITY.

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Resources and Events for Teachers and HE Advisers We offer many opportunities for teachers to get involved with us. These include free conferences in Durham, London and further afield as well as lots of useful teaching resources. We have a variety of events and resources to take advantage of, including: • Our annual HE Advisers Conference which takes place each January at Durham University • Our Easter and Summer conferences for teachers in particular subject areas

With thanks to all staff and students of Durham University and external partners who contributed to the production of this prospectus. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this prospectus is correct at the time of going to press in February 2015. The University will use reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes and other services in accordance with the descriptions provided. The University, however, reserves the right to make variations to programme contents, fees, entry requirements and methods of delivery, to discontinue or merge or combine programmes, and to make variations to regulations, both before and after a student’s admission to the University, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University.

www.durham.ac.uk Front cover: Geography Professor, Mike Bentley, undertaking research in Antarctica. This research feeds into Mike’s undergraduate teaching and demonstrates our approach to research-led education. See page 07 for further details. Image courtesy of Professor Mike Bentley. Right: Open Day visitor takes part in an anatomy practical at Queen’s Campus.

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TEAMWORK

CRITICAL THINKING

LEADERSHIP

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

COMMUNICATION

PROBLEM-SOLVING

COMMERCIAL AWARENESS

TIME MANAGEMENT

ENTERPRISE

INITIATIVE

EXPERIENCE DURHAM UNIVERSITY AT AN OPEN DAY

Pre-application Open Days are the best way for you to see what we offer and to be inspired by our academic departments, colleges and student facilities. Book your place at www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

OPEN DAY DATES Email open.days@durham.ac.uk with your name, email, tel. number and preferred date to receive an email alert when online booking opens.

DURHAM CITY Monday 22 June 2015 Saturday 27 June 2015 Saturday 26 September 2015

For all Open Day enquires please contact +44 (0)191 334 9191.

QUEEN’S CAMPUS, STOCKTON Friday 19 June 2015 Saturday 19 September 2015


004 STUDY WITH US

Ranked 1st for ‘recommend to a friend’. National Student Survey 2014

Calman Learning Centre, Durham City.

When you study at Durham University, not only do you have access to a vast range of courses, research-informed teaching by world-leading experts in outstanding study facilities, we also offer supportive college communities, a warm welcome to all students, excellent student welfare and a fantastic student experience. ABOUT DURHAM UNIVERSITY We are a collegiate university; which means we are made up of a number of college communities –15 undergraduate colleges in total. Most first year students choose to live in college. Students say that our colleges are one of the best aspects of student life at Durham University and the main reason why your experience here will be so different to anywhere else. Being part of a college means that you get all the benefits of a large, international university whilst living in a smaller, friendly scholarly community. Colleges offer a high level of personal support as well as a wide range of extracurricular opportunities and social facilities. See page 24 for further information. Durham University is based in two fantastic locations; Durham City (DC) and Queen’s Campus, Stockton (QC) and students live where their course is based.

Check where the courses that you are interested in are based by looking at the courses section from pages 42–109. A WARM WELCOME We welcome students from over 156 countries and all kinds of backgrounds, and there is no such thing as a typical Durham University student. Find out more about student life here at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/life APPLICATION Applying to study at Durham University is the same as applying to all other UK universities. We have outlined the key steps to follow at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

“Leading up to starting at Durham University I was nervous about how I would fit in as an international student but I have never had a warmer welcome than the one Durham gave me. In no time Durham University felt like home and before I knew it I had made close friends with people from across the world.” David Kirk, Computer Science student.


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LEARNING WITH THE BEST

91% of our research has ‘very considerable’ or ‘outstanding’ impact in terms of reach and significance. This demonstrates that our research has a hugely positive impact on society.

Durham University has a long-established commitment to research and delivering cutting-edge research-led education is at the heart of what we do.

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (REF) 2014

This means that our academic staff are more than lecturers simply teaching from books; the research they conduct shapes and inspires the disciplinary structure of our departments and it directly informs our teaching, ensuring academic course content is right up-to-date with current developments and you will directly benefit from the world-class research taking place here. As a Durham University student you will become an active participant in the creation of knowledge through group work and research projects. Working with world-leading academics at the forefront of their field provides you with many benefits, including development of:

Source: REF 2014

REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. At Durham University 83% of our research was assessed as ‘internationally excellent quality’ or ‘world-leading’ (categorised as 3* or 4*). REF identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject. Areas of particular strength include Anthropology, Archaeology, Chemistry, Classics, Education, English, Law, Music, Physics and Theology. Our research-led approach to education ensures that our undergraduate programmes are intellectually challenging and delivered by leading academics which creates a researcher mindset amongst our students.

• Capacity for independent learning and problem-solving

For further information see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/course/study

• Creative and critical thinking

• The first steps in becoming research active yourself!

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

STUDY OPTIONS

• Enhanced skills for employment

• Improved confidence and motivation as well as enabling and encouraging teamworking

Dr Susan Pyner,

For further information see www.durham.ac.uk/ref

At Durham University we offer one of the broadest course ranges of any UK university, including Single Honours degrees, Joint Honours degrees and Combined Honours in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, allowing you to tailor your study to suit your needs.

• Intellectual capabilities beyond the classroom

“My research into cardiovascular control in health and disease is delivered in a third year Biology module. This puts basic science concepts into context and brings innovative research into the learning environment.”

YEAR ABROAD Many of our academic departments offer courses with an integrated year abroad where you can choose to study in another country. For further information see page 15 or www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad

“A DURHAM UNIVERSITY DEGREE IS NOT JUST ABOUT LEARNING FACTS AND DATES, BUT EXPLORING AND INTERPRETING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES IN AN INDEPENDENT MANNER.

Durham University is ranked sixth in the world for the influence of its space science researchers and is the only UK university to feature in the world top 10. “My research interests in cosmological structure formation and constraints on cosmological parameters directly inform my undergraduate teaching, ensuring it is at the cutting-edge of the subject.” Professor Shaun Cole, Department of Physics. Holder of the prestigious international Shaw Prize in Astronomy.

In seminars, ideas are not imposed or taught, but are a natural consequence of discussion. By third year, this style of teaching made me feel confident enough to challenge and question established historical thought, and develop my own ideas.” Sally Wardle, History graduate.


006 A GLOBAL IMPACT

STUDYING ABROAD IN CANADA Matt Langford has just finished his second year at Durham University studying Engineering. As part of the study abroad programme he has swapped Durham for the University of British Colombia (pictured) in Vancouver, Canada for a year specialising in Mechanical Engineering to further develop his skills. Follow the adventures of Durham students around the world at www.durhamstudentsabroad.com Image courtesy of The University of British Columbia/Hover Collective.

WHEN YOU STUDY HERE YOU ARE JOINING AN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. WHAT WE DO HAS GLOBAL IMPACT. Here are just a few examples of the huge range of activities that you can get involved in.

FIELDWORK IN SOUTH AFRICA Anthropology student Charlotte Cook and other students return to their homestay following a day working in a South African crèche as part of their field course. The field station hosts Dr Russell Hill’s Primate and Predator project which is informing conservation policy and working to reduce human-wildlife conflict. “Taking the South Africa Fieldtrip module in my third year allowed me to better understand all that had been taught throughout my Anthropology degree.” Charlotte Cook,

Anthropology student.


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RESEARCH IN NEPAL “Working in Nepal gave me the opportunity to gain a much better understanding of global development issues, and research-led education means learning at the forefront of the subject, travelling to far-flung places, and ultimately gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges that face the world around us.” Charlie Jefferson,

Geography student.

SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN ZAMBIA Every year students from Durham University spend six weeks in Zambia working with local communities and schools to help social development through sport and drama. “It was an incredibly valuable experience and we all gained a huge amount from the project as both individuals and as a group.” Simon Lynch,

TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE ANTARCTIC “My research interests focus on Antarctic environmental history and I have a number of current research themes at the moment that feed into my Antarctic Environments module.” Professor Mike Bentley, Department of Geography. Image courtesy of Professor Mike Bentley.

English student.


008 EMPLOYABILITY

Helping you plan for your future We can help you make the most of your time at Durham University and get the best possible start to your future career.

Ranked 6th in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2015.

Our Careers Centre can help you with: FINDING A DIRECTION

CONTACT WITH EMPLOYERS

• Our Information Rooms have a wide range of resources on hundreds of careers or further study options.

We provide access to an extensive network of employers who actively recruit Durham University graduates, ranging from large multinational corporations to local firms.

It is not just about jobs; it is about using every opportunity to develop your skills and exploring all the options available to you. Our Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre can help you choose a career, compete for a job and gather expert advice on further study, skills development, working abroad or gap years.

• A one-to-one appointment with a Careers Adviser will help you to explore your options and plan. We also help with CVs, applications and interview/ assessment preparation.

Every year graduates say they wished they had found the Careers Centre sooner – remember it is never too early to visit us! The earlier you start your planning, the easier it will be to make sure you have the skills you need to succeed.

• Our regular email, Twitter and Facebook bulletins will keep you up-to-date with the latest events and vacancies.

• Our tailored departmental talks outline and explore some of your choices.

• You can visit our Careers Fairs to meet with employers, make links and find out about employment and work experience opportunities. • We arrange presentations or drop-in sessions from graduate recruiters, professional bodies and voluntary organisations. • You can use our online vacancy database to find out about placements, internships, final year and graduate employment.

Our website has a wealth of information and support. See www.durham.ac.uk/careers

“What I found most beneficial about the Durham Award was the chance to take stock and reflect on all I had achieved here. I was able to recognise the transferable skills I had developed through my extracurricular activities, such as communication, team building, time management and leadership which are many of the skills employers are looking for.” David Saddington, Geography graduate. Durham Award holder and TEDxTeen (pictured) speaker.

THE DURHAM AWARD The Durham Award, developed in partnership with employers and students, will help you stand out from the crowd. It recognises the things you do outside your degree, such as involvement in sports, your college or charity work. It helps you reflect on your experiences and show how the skills you have learnt will make you a better employee. To find out more about how the Durham Award could benefit you see www.durham.ac.uk/durhamaward


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IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT JOBS; IT IS ABOUT TAKING EVERY CHANCE TO DEVELOP YOURSELF.

Some examples of the personal development opportunities at Durham University as students take part in a skills workshop and team building exercise.

DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS

WORK EXPERIENCE

Employers place great importance on transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork and we can help you to identify and develop these skills:

This is increasingly important in employer assessment and selection processes. You may be able to undertake a placement as part of your course, or secure an internship during holiday periods. We can advise you on making the most of these opportunities. Our Student Employment Service can help you to find local part-time vacancies and explore opportunities for work experience.

• Every Durham University student completes an online Skills Audit before they arrive to help identify the skills that they need to develop. • We provide skills workshops, delivered in partnership with graduate recruiters, to help you develop your skills and improve your understanding of the workplace. • We can help you to keep track of the skills you have gained and learn to reflect on your personal development – a crucial part of the application process for many placements and graduate jobs. • We provide practical workshops on completing application forms, interview techniques and preparing for assessment centres.

ENTERPRISE We are committed to enterprise and entrepreneurship, with excellent links to the local and national business community. Our student-led enterprise societies are very successful. Our graduates have helped to found the Fairtrade Movement and created Aardman Animations, The Eden Project and Hawk-Eye. Taking part in enterprise activities will not only build skills, but you can explore your entrepreneurial potential. Discover your creative talent through our enterprise workshops and annual business plan competitions, and take advantage of kick-start funding for student start-ups.

“During my time at Durham University I took part in a variety of enterprise activities and was guided in how to set up my own business. The whole experience was incredibly helpful and greatly improved my confidence as I learnt how to present and network with professionals. Entrepreneurial skills are very useful for graduates. If you can demonstrate starting a business or even just making a business plan, you are instantly showing a drive for success and creativity to your potential employer. Not to mention, that if you start a business that takes off you might be able to work for yourself!” Andrew Lilley, Business and Management graduate. Winner of the Blueprint Enterprise Challenge.


010 LEARNING FACILITIES

EXCEPTIONAL LIBRARY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES PROVIDE YOU WITH THE TOOLS TO THRIVE.


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Supporting your studies

Ranked 1st for good support and student welfare. Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014

When you join Durham University you will find all the facilities you need to complement, enhance and support your studies. We have a continual programme of investment in facilities to ensure that you have access to the very best in lecture theatres, seminar rooms and subject specific facilities such as science laboratories and dedicated libraries.

IT FACILITIES

LIBRARY

Computing and Information Services (CIS) provide and support the University’s main IT facilities, and at Durham University you benefit from a comprehensive range of IT services to support your studies, which include:

Durham University Library offers a fantastic range of resources and study facilities across our four libraries in Durham City and Queen’s Campus.

• The Library has over 1.6 million books.

• Our virtual learning environment – Durham University Online (duo), providing online spaces for your courses, college and department.

• We are open 24/7 during the run up to exams.

• A University email account. • Wireless coverage across both of our campuses and in college bedrooms. • Colour and monochrome printing, scanning and photocopying facilities.

WORLD-CLASS STUDENTS. WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES.

• Over 2,000 ‘open access’ PCs available 24 hours a day, providing internet and email access and a selection of standard and academic software for your use. • An IT Help Desk. For further details see www.durham.ac.uk/cis/students

FACTS AND FIGURES

• The Library has the most popular IT facilities in the University, including PC areas, Wi-Fi, laptops that you can borrow and printing facilities. • We subscribe to over 300,000 online resources, such as e-books, e-journals and databases. • Whether you prefer working with friends or using quiet individual study rooms, the Library provides a range of study environments to suit you. • The Bill Bryson Library is our largest library and is named after Bill Bryson, bestselling author and former Durham University Chancellor. • Whichever location you study at, you have access to our full collection! We transfer books between Queen’s Campus Library and our Durham City libraries daily during term-time. • Our subject support team and friendly staff are here to help you make the best use of the Library. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/library

“The Library is a calm and productive working environment and it is full of useful tools, whether it is essential course material or extra reading you require. The online resources are invaluable and you can access the catalogue from anywhere – then you can pick up the book you need or reserve it.” Anissa Alifandi, Natural Sciences student.


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HERITAGE COLLECTIONS Our Heritage Collections teams care for some of Durham’s finest treasures over many sites across the City. All of our collections are available for you to explore to support your studies and research.

PALACE GREEN LIBRARY Located on the World Heritage Site close to Durham Cathedral, Palace Green Library offers a dedicated space where you can study our archives, manuscripts and early printed books. Our galleries at Palace Green Library display diverse exhibitions, including treasures from Durham University’s own collections and loans from other major museums.

WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH ALL THE SUPPORT YOU NEED. DISABILITY SUPPORT If you have a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty, we can give you the support you need to help you adjust to university life quickly, and make the most of your time at Durham University. The Disability Support service provides advice on any aspects of student life that you may need support with. We want to make sure that we have the right support in place for you to enjoy your chosen course, so please do let us know about your requirements when you complete your application form. For further information see page 113 or visit www.durham.ac.uk/disability.support MATURE STUDENTS

ORIENTAL MUSEUM The Oriental Museum celebrates the art and archaeology of the diverse cultures of the Near and Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Himalayas, Japan, China, Korea and South East Asia. Our Ancient Egyptian and Chinese collections are among the finest to be found anywhere in Britain.

MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY This museum holds material from all periods of Durham City’s history, along with antiquarian collections from other areas. New displays exploring 10,000 years of Durham’s history opened at Palace Green Library in 2014. Durham University’s museums and attractions are free for our students. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/attractions

If you are 21 years or over and would like a Durham University degree but think you will not be accepted because you do not have the necessary qualifications, think again. We will consider your experience and other qualities, so a lack of qualifications need not stop you from pursuing undergraduate study. For further information see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/course/ study/mature_students FOUNDATION PROGRAMMES If you have been away from education for a while you might need a bit of extra support. Our Foundation Centre offers specially tailored multidisciplinary study programmes to prepare students for degree level study. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/foundation.centre


FINANCE

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Funding your studies We believe in helping our students to make the very best of the opportunities we offer and welcome all students, regardless of their financial background.

Student finance There are a number of maintenance options available to support undergraduate study. UK AND EU STUDENTS • Tuition Fee Loans are available and you do not need to start repaying them until you are earning over £21,000 per annum. • Maintenance Grants may also be available – students from families with an assessed household income of less than £25,000 will be entitled to a full grant. Those where the household income is greater than £25,000, but less than £42,620, may be eligible for a reduced payment*. • Maintenance Loans for living costs will be available to all eligible full-time UK students. • Students with disabilities or dependants may be able to access additional funding. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance/extra-help • Part-time students are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan but not the Maintenance Loan or Grant. For further information on all of these funding schemes see www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator

DURHAM UNIVERSITY FUNDING

FINANCIAL SUPPORT NETWORK

Durham University is committed to supporting students from lower income backgrounds. Additional support towards living costs may be provided to students whose family income is at or below £25,000 per annum.*

Durham University’s collegiate system means that you should always be able to talk to someone about any money worries. Student Support Officers can help you work through your financial issues.

Further details on support arrangements for students will be available when our 2016/17 Access Agreement has been approved by the Office for Fair Access at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance *Please note: At the time of printing this information was not available. Figures quoted refer to 2014/15 academic year. SCHOLARSHIPS Durham University offers scholarships to support students at Durham. These include support for both curricular and extracurricular activities and include: • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for Sport, Music and the Arts • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for Academic Excellence • Robert Young Scholarship • Choral and Organ Scholarships • Personal development awards. The nature and availability of scholarships changes annually. Details of current scholarships are available at www.durham.ac.uk/scholarships For information about scholarship opportunities for international students please see www.durham.ac.uk/scholarships

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The North East of England is one of the most affordable places to live in the UK with the cost of living much lower than in the South of England and London. However, as an international student it is essential to plan your finances carefully for the duration of your studies as you will not be eligible for Tuition Fee Loans or Maintenance Grants. For further information about fees and finance see page 114 or check www.durham.ac.uk/international

The Students’ Union also offers free and confidential financial advice, debt counselling and, if necessary, can act on your behalf in cases of severe financial difficulty.

Cost of being a student TUITION FEES Fees for 2016 entry for UK and EU students will be available at www.durham. ac.uk/undergraduate/finance/tuition when agreed. For information on tuition fees for international students, please see www.durham.ac.uk/international/ undergraduate/fees LIVING AND COURSE COSTS Recent surveys anticipate that the average single student will spend around £10,000 on living costs per year. These costs include estimates for living costs and some leisure costs. However, additional costs may need to be considered which will be dependent upon your personal circumstances. College charges vary depending on the accommodation you choose and the length of the let. For exact costs see www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/accommodation/costs If you would like to discuss issues relating to student finance please contact the Student Immigration and Financial Support Office on +44 (0)191 334 6063.


014 A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

International students Durham University has dedicated support services to assist our international students from application right through to graduation to ensure that you gain the most from your time in the UK. Ranked 2nd for overall international student experience. What Uni? Student Choice Awards 2014

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

For our new students arriving in the UK we offer a ‘Meet and Greet’ service at local airports and railway stations and an Induction programme which will help you to meet other students (both from the UK and overseas) and become accustomed to your new surroundings. It will also introduce you to the learning skills you will require throughout your degree programme and beyond.

International students whose first language is not English will usually need an English Language qualification. Please see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/course or contact the International Office.

UNIVERSITY LIFE

• Pre-sessional programmes designed specifically for Business, Law and Science students.

• Each college’s Senior Tutor and welfare team provides support and guidance.

• In-sessional support for students who need assistance with academic English throughout their degree course.

• You will have the opportunity to participate in a study or work placement and volunteering placements. BEFORE YOU APPLY

Details on our travel schedule and country representatives can be found at www. durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications for entry. Qualification equivalencies can be found online. See www.durham.ac.uk/international/ countryinfo or you can contact us directly with your questions by emailing international.office@durham.ac.uk

• Four, eight and twelve week pre-sessional programmes.

• International students have access to our team of Immigration Advisers offering visa and immigration advice before and during your studies at Durham University. See www.durham.ac.uk/immigration

• There are over 200 clubs and societies to get involved in, including sport, music and the Arts.

International Office staff regularly travel to a number of countries to attend events and meet with prospective students.

The English Language Centre offers a range of courses throughout the year to help students meet their department’s English entrance requirements, including:

FOUNDATION CENTRE Some countries have a more broadly based school curriculum than the UK, which means that there can be a knowledge gap between your school-leaving qualification and the starting point of a British degree. The Foundation Centre offers one-year foundation level programmes for these students. For more information please see page 72 or visit www.durham.ac.uk/foundation.centre

• Year-round English language programmes for students with lower levels of English.

Full details of all our English language programmes can be found at www.durham.ac.uk/englishlanguage.centre

AFTER GRADUATION: A NETWORK FOR LIFE Our Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre offers dedicated advice for international students and has links with multinational companies such as Unilever and Deloitte. Durham University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office works to support our alumni through an online community, an award-winning magazine and events both in the UK and overseas. Connect with other alumni via www.dunelm.org.uk


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“Durham University has an excellent reputation worldwide. I came here for an Open Day and fell in love with the beautiful architecture and the friendly people. However, it is the wide range of societies that you can join here that has made my University experience so different from my other friends’. I have joined many societies and I am also the photography editor of the Palatinate student newspaper which has given me the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and make lifelong friends.” Loi Ka Man (Venus), Economics student.

Studying abroad

SKILLS FOR LIFE

Your decision to study at Durham University could give you the opportunity to travel much further. We have links with more than 100 universities across Europe through the ERASMUS Student Exchange programme and across a wide range of subjects. We also offer student exchange schemes outside the EU, for example, in China, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the USA.

There are many benefits to spending some time abroad during your degree including:

For the latest list see www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad

• Improving your language, communication and life skills • Experiencing new cultures and lifestyles • Experiencing new challenges and making new friends • Enhancing your employability. The Overseas Exchange programmes run for the full academic year. Depending on your department, you will be able to transfer once here onto a special course that has an integrated year abroad (selected departments only). To find out the options available to you, you can talk to your academic department’s admissions contact (contact details are in the courses section from page 42).

The exchange agreements between Durham University and our partner universities mean that students are not required to pay tuition fees to the host partner for the duration of the exchange period. Students are still required to pay tuition fees to Durham University. If you are away from the University for the full academic year then you will be required to pay the ‘year abroad fee’. Full details of fees are available at www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/ exchange/outgoing/fees STUDYING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE Whether you want to prepare to study abroad, develop skills which will help you with your degree studies, or enhance your employment prospects we can help develop your foreign language skills. We offer a range of courses from Arabic and Chinese to Spanish, either credit bearing or extracurricular. For more information and a list of classes see www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/cfls

“Study abroad was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. By attending a Swedish university I felt integrated with Swedish culture, improved my language skills and increased my confidence. Having a second language will also help me stand out in the eyes of employers.” Eden Clayton, Marketing student, studied at Lund University, Sweden.

Claire Ewbank (right), Modern Languages student, on her study abroad in Prades, France. See page 86.


016 STUDENT LIFE

Create your unique student experience

Mack and Mabel student theatre production.

Durham University is not just a great place to study; it is a great place to be a student. While we expect academic excellence, we recognise that academic success is only half the story. In an increasingly competitive graduate market, we understand the importance of offering our students the opportunities to equip themselves with more than just a good degree. As a Durham student, you will find that there is so much to learn outside of the University’s labs and lecture theatres.

Important life skills such as teamwork and leadership can be developed through getting involved in our student clubs and societies. There is a fantastic variety of extracurricular activities on offer here both at University level and within our smaller, supportive college communities allowing you to create your own unique student experience, tailored around your interests and abilities. Durham University currently has: • Over 200 different societies to join • Over 500 sports teams across 18 different sports

• 600 student theatre members • Students raising money for 120 charities both in the UK and abroad • 600 student volunteers working on over 40 projects a year in the local community. Whatever your interests there are any number of ways to have fun, make new friends, develop existing talents and discover ones you never knew you had. To give you a taste of student life at Durham University watch our short ‘A–Z of Student Experience’ film and check out the ‘Week in the life diaries’ by some of our students. To view these films see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/life


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Ranked 2nd in the British University and Colleges Sport league 2013/14 for the third year running.

Sport Sport is an important part of many Durham University students’ lives, with over 92% of our undergraduates taking part in sport on a regular basis. Between them, our colleges have over 500 teams across 18 different sports and for serious sportsmen and women there are opportunities to compete at a higher level in one of our 52 University sports clubs. Our aim is for all students, from enthusiastic amateurs to future Olympians, to be able to enjoy participating and competing in sport to achieve their maximum potential.

TEAM DURHAM is the home of sport at Durham University, one of the premier sporting universities in the UK. Our student performance programme now includes 17 sports: badminton, fencing, rowing, basketball, women’s football, rugby union, canoeing, golf, tennis, cricket, hockey, triathalon, cycling, volleyball, water polo and men’s and women’s lacrosse. We also have part-time coaches in a further fifteen sports with the objective of developing a further five performance sport programmes before 2020. Find out more at www.teamdurham.com Durham boasts the British Rowing Performance Centre, First Class County Cricket, British Fencing Centre, Tennis Foundation University Performance Centre and English Lacrosse High Performance University status. Our teams also compete in the England Hockey National Leagues, British Basketball League and the FS Women’s Superleague.

Source: The Impact of Engagement in Sport on Graduate Employment, Sheffield Hallam University. * (per year).

Volunteering and outreach MAKE A DIFFERENCE Student Community Action (SCA) is student-led and student-focused, matching volunteers to a choice of over 40 projects and activities including sports, decorating and conservation. SCA has strong connections to national charities such as Age UK and Teachfirst, offering opportunities to volunteer with people from all age groups. It is easy to volunteer with SCA Reps attached to each college, and in return for giving your time you get to learn new skills and meet new people. Find out more about volunteering and outreach at www.durham.ac.uk/community.action HELP A NEW GENERATION In 2013/14 SCA had over 1,800 active student volunteers and gave 11,000 hours of volunteering time in the local community.

Our Student Association Scheme offers opportunities to work with children in local schools, helping to raise their aspirations and achieve more. Anyone interested in a career in teaching or working with young people can gain hands-on experience in a classroom. Participants, receive full training and a bursary on completion of a 15-day placement. There are also opportunities to become a Durham Student Ambassador, working on a host of activities including one-to-one mentoring with other students, summer schools and University recruitment events. Find out more about becoming a student ambassador at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/life/charity


018 STUDENT LIFE

DUCK awarded Student Fundraising Group of the Year. The FIG National Student Fundraising Awards 2014

Durham Students’ Union

STUDENT FUNDRAISING

Durham Students’ Union is the organisation that supports and represents all Durham University students, working independently from the University. Whether you are interested in joining one of our fantastic student groups, would like to get involved in student representation on a local or a national level, are keen to build up your CV with training and development experience, or perhaps you need help with something more serious, such as being represented on academic matters, the Union is there to make sure you get the most out of your student experience. Headed up by five elected full-time student officers, the Union’s direction is shaped by student input and feedback.

Every year hundreds of Durham University students get involved with fundraising. Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK) is the charity fundraising arm of Durham Students’ Union. It works to support local, national and international charities. Every year is packed with events and challenges designed to raise money for worthy causes, whilst also providing personal development opportunities in a fun and exciting way. Whether it is the annual jailbreak, an intercollegiate bake-off, or the annual Grand Durham Rubber Duck Race, the aim is to bring students and the community together to help raise money for charity.

For further information visit www.durhamsu.com The Union is a genuinely student-led organisation and representation of students is at the heart of everything we do. Every member of the Union has a right to have a say in how we are run and there are many ways for you to get involved.

To find out more about DUCK visit www.durhamduck.org.uk

“Being part of a sports team, student societies and charity fundraising activities have all provided many opportunities for me to make new friends and develop myself personally. It is these experiences that give an extra dimension to university life and make your time at Durham University so special!” Tara Paxman, Primary Education student.

“The one thing which I cannot stress enough is how much there is to do at Durham University. There is a huge variety of sports teams and student societies to join and there is always something going on. Not only have these opportunities helped me develop on a personal level but they have given me a student experience that I will never forget.” Sean Lim, Law student.


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Durham Student Theatre stages around 60 shows a year in venues ranging from colleges to cathedrals and castles.

Bursting with talent It is not just your academic talents that can flourish at Durham University; with a vibrant performing and visual arts scene your creative talents can flourish too. Even though we do not offer performing arts courses, there is a large and successful theatrical community here. Durham Student Theatre (DST) is the biggest student theatre organisation in the country with our very own 220-seat theatre The Assembly Rooms, right in the heart of Durham City and a partnership with ARC Stockton as a performance venue.

DURHAM UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY You do not have to study music to enjoy the lively music scene here, with Durham University’s diverse and comprehensive musical life. Durham University Music Society (DUMS) is the umbrella organisation for all of Durham’s music societies. From orchestras, bands and chamber choirs to gospel choirs and opera, we cater for every musical taste with opportunities for students to perform in colleges, professional theatres and at major regional venues such as Durham Cathedral and Sage Gateshead. See www.durhamunimusic.blogspot.co.uk

STUDENT MEDIA

PURPLE RADIO

Students who are interested in media can hone their skills reporting for the Durham Students’ Union newspaper, Palatinate. Published every fortnight and available online, this student-run publication offers students the chance to learn about the various functions of publishing, including writing, researching, editing, printing and web.

Purple Radio, the student-run radio station, broadcasts seven days a week during term-time with a varied programme of music and news live from Durham Students’ Union. Purple Radio provides opportunities for students to get involved with all aspects of radio production, from DJing, producing and broadcast journalism, to technical and marketing roles.

Read all about us at www.palatinate.org.uk

Listen online at www.purpleradio.co.uk


020 OUR LOCATIONS

In Durham City you are among some of the world’s finest architecture. This is a truly beautiful city, where the famous Castle and Cathedral – together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site – dominate the skyline. Depending on which college you belong to, you could be based right in the historic centre of the City or just a short walk away in one of our purpose-built landscaped colleges. With a population of around 43,000 Durham has a compact, friendly feel but still provides the facilities you would expect of a thriving city including excellent cafés, bars and restaurants. We are only ten minutes away from Newcastle by train and there you will find a wide choice of entertainment, culture and shopping.

Right: Durham Cathedral and Palace Green.

For more information about Durham City please see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/location/durham

DURHAM NAMED UK’S BEST CITY. CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER


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1. M  aiden Castle Sports Complex 2. Upper Mountjoy 3. Lower Mountjoy and Palatine Centre

4. Hill Colleges

8. Main shopping area

11. Bus Station

5. Durham Cathedral

9. Market Place

12. Railway Station

6. Bailey Colleges

10. G  ala Theatre, cinema,

7. Durham Castle

bars and restaurants


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Queen’s Campus is situated in a striking waterfront setting and is purpose-built to deliver our world-class courses, combining a friendly and vibrant academic community with modern living. We offer a wealth of sport, cultural and leisure activities, including one of the UK’s best white water courses right on our doorstep. Queen’s Campus has excellent study resources including a large, central library and spacious, college-based study rooms. Our sports centre boasts some of the best sports courts in the country and a state-of-the-art fitness suite. There are also inviting social spaces including a café, restaurant and bar overlooking the River Tees. Queen’s Campus is a short walk from Stockton’s busy town centre, which offers all the familiar high-street shops, cultural attractions, malls, great restaurants and bars, and regular markets.

For more information about Queen’s Campus please see www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/location/queens

Above: Infinity Bridge.


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1. T eesside Retail Park

2c. Holliday Building

6. Thornaby Railway Station

2a. Ebsworth Building

3. Infinity Bridge

7. John Snow College

2b. W  olfson Research Institute

4. Stephenson College

8. Stockton Town Centre

for Health and Wellbeing

5. Queen’s Campus Sports Centre


024 A HOME FROM HOME

Meet Paul “The collegiate system provides the opportunity for so many people to be in charge of something, express themselves and find out what they can achieve. I still feel that running the college boat club was my first small business and it has provided me with invaluable transferable life skills and experience.” Paul Hawkins, Natural Sciences graduate, Founder of Hawk-Eye Innovations Limited.

As a Durham University student, you become a member of a college in Durham City or at Queen’s Campus, Stockton. Colleges are supportive, scholarly communities within the University and a key element of your student experience. In college, you are part of a community of staff, students, members of regional communities and a global network of alumni. You will receive excellent student support, can get involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities and will find that living in college really helps the transition to university life. Many of these activities offer a means to develop leadership qualities and organisational skills that can prove invaluable in future job roles. For many students, their college experience was one of the most meaningful aspects of life at Durham University and helped to shape the person they became and the career that they pursued. When you meet a Durham graduate anywhere in the world, they will probably mention their college as this is where many lifelong friendships begin.

Meet Vaishali “Being part of a college gives you an immediate sense of belonging, helping you to adjust both to university life and living in the UK. Your college provides the opportunity to get involved in organising aspects of college life; enabling you to develop leadership skills, arrange events, support charities, create new societies; and give something back to your community. At college I have made some of my closest friends, been involved in a whole range of activities and had the chance to mix with people from all over the world.” Vaishali Iyer, Combined Honours in Arts (Liberal Arts) student, St Mary’s College.

Ranked 1st for good community atmosphere. Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014


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WHAT COLLEGE MEANS Whichever college you choose, you will be introduced to lots of new experiences. College means… a world of opportunities In every college, you can take advantage of a range of exciting opportunities to help you develop more broadly alongside your academic studies, enhance your employability and realise your potential. There is a variety of student-run societies in every college and participation is encouraged, whatever your ability or previous experience may be, giving you a chance to grow in confidence. You can pursue activities you are already passionate about or try something new. The smaller scale of college communities encourages all of our students to participate in some form of extracurricular activity.

Sports: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced athlete, college level participation offers a wide range of options, intercollegiate competition for most major sports and plenty of games played just for fun. Arts, music and performance: Many colleges have their own orchestra, bands, choirs, dance and theatrical groups as well as a range of visual arts. Or you can set one up with the support of your college. So whatever your creative interest, you should be able to make it happen here. Societies, outreach, NGOs and charities: There is a plethora of college groups and societies that enable you to meet and work with peers who share your interests. And if there isn’t already a society for you, why not start one? Many colleges run community outreach projects that cover a wide range of activities from working with local schools to volunteering at hospices. Representation and participation: Students play a crucial role in college life through representative communities run by students for students. Each of these arranges a number of events and activities every term, as well as heading up campaigns and representing student views. You can also contribute to student leadership through your college’s student executive committee. To find out more visit www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/accommodation/life/leadership

Most of our Durham-based colleges are fully catered throughout undergraduate term-times offering three meals a day, with brunch and dinner at weekends, and two colleges offer self-catered rooms. At Queen’s Campus the rooms are all single, en-suite and self-catered with an additional two meals per week included. All colleges also have special formal dining occasions throughout the year. Colleges can usually accommodate any special dietary requirements. To find out more visit www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/accommodation/life/catering College means… fantastic facilities In college, you benefit from a range of facilities for study, socialising, sport, the arts, events and day-to-day living. Visit the individual college’s web pages to find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/colleges College means… community and support Every college is a friendly and supportive community that helps you to settle into university life whatever your background. The college experience gives all students the opportunity to develop beyond their academic achievements. In this smaller-scale environment, the support you receive will make a huge difference to your experience here. Whatever your personal journey, you will be encouraged to develop and to explore your potential. To find out more visit www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/accommodation/life/community

College means… great accommodation and catering In your first year, you will usually be offered the chance to live in college accommodation. Durham University has a varied estate, across two main sites providing a range of furnished study bedrooms with Wi-Fi connectivity. Rooms are either en-suite or offer shared bathroom facilities. Many bedrooms are single occupancy whilst others are larger twin rooms. To find out more, see page 26 or visit www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/ accommodation/life/accommodation

College means… events Student-organised social events on different scales are a big part of college life. A range of performances and entertainments, from quizzes to concerts to dances, take place throughout the year. Glamorous annual balls are a highlight but some of the more chilled post-exam activities are equally enjoyable in a different way. For some, formal dining events or ‘formals’ whether themed or simply smart, are the most memorable occasions. To find out more visit www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/accommodation/life/events


026 OUR COLLEGES

CHOOSING YOUR COLLEGE Our colleges share many characteristics but each college has its own distinctive character that stems from its architecture, history, location and spirit. Yet we find that students quickly settle in every college and from their new home they enjoy exploring the other colleges too. All students are allocated membership of a college based at the same campus as their course. In both Durham City (DC) and at Queen’s Campus (QC), colleges are within walking distance of lecture venues, study facilities, cafés and shops. We encourage every student to express a preference for a college using the college codes in your UCAS application. Your college choice will not affect your chances of getting an offer from us; that decision is made by your academic department.

We will do our best to give you a place in your preferred college, but where this is not possible you will be allocated to an alternative college. To help you select a preferred college, you can use information on college websites, attend a Pre-application Open Day and visit Durham City or Queen’s Campus to look around. You can also talk to current or past students of the University but be warned, you will probably find they will try and get you to choose the college they went to! ACCOMMODATION COSTS The cost of accommodation at Durham University can vary depending on the type of accommodation offered. For the latest information please visit www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/accommodation/costs

FIND OUT MORE • View our college films on the individual college pages at www.durham.ac.uk/colleges • Visit on one of our Pre-application Open Days www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

THE SCHOLARLY AND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE DURHAM UNIVERSITY SO DIFFERENT.


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Collingwood College

Welcome to a modern, relaxed college with more emphasis on innovation than tradition… Large and incredibly active, Collingwood boasts a broad social mix and is one of the most laidback and informal colleges. Our formal dining takes many guises, highlights being black-tie ‘Megaformals’; a themed fancy dress Winter Solstice; and a lively Summer Ball, featuring well-known musicians and DJs such as BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills. Students are encouraged to participate fully in the operation of the College and help plan for its future. In the arts, in addition to our annual musical and two theatrical productions, we perform an open-air production of Shakespeare in our turning circle. Our Music Society embraces all musical forms including choral, classical, jazz, and rock and roll.

LARGE, MODERN AND RELAXED. 1,165 STUDENTS.

in the intercollegiate sports’ league table, most recently winning the Sports’ Championship Cup three years in a row 2012, 2013, and 2014. However, as a large college, we have many men’s and women’s teams operating across a wide range of sports that cater for all levels of ability – for example, we have 12 football teams – so everyone can get involved. Many of our students engage in supportive work with the local community, volunteering in schools, mentoring children, and working with offenders in the local prison to help raise aspirations. Our loyal alumni are of great benefit to current Collingwood students, helping to organise student internships with a variety of major blue-chip and other employers.

Meet Luca “Collingwood offers a diverse range of students with whom to socialise and excellent opportunities to engage in a wide variety of activities. Collingwood is particularly strong in sport and there are many teams operating at a variety of skill levels. I was keen to try out as many new sports as possible and, so far, I play lacrosse and rugby and will be captaining a college football team this year. Acting as a Freshers’ Rep (‘Frep’) has enabled me to witness the high levels of organisation and preparation that goes into running a college and has given me a greater appreciation of the multiple benefits of college life. I have found the experience of ‘Frepping’ to be extremely fulfilling; this has been a particular highlight of my time here.

We attract many who are passionate about sport and we are consistently top performers

With our close proximity to the Bill Bryson Library and Mountjoy sites, yet surrounded by natural grounds and adjacent to the stunning Botanic Garden, Collingwood is in an ideal location offering great opportunities for great people.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Professor Joe Elliott

COLLINGWOOD AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 5015

Vice-Principal:

Victoria Ridley

E: collingwood.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Assistant-Principal:

Dr Mark Woolmer

www.durham.ac.uk/collingwood

Bursar:

Karen Blundell

Founded 1972 Fully-catered Non-gowned formals UCAS code: 1 Location: Durham City

The element that stands out most for me is the nature of the student body. Our college is filled with fun-loving students who are very approachable and welcoming. I really enjoy being part of Collingwood and this has heightened my whole Durham experience.” Luca Marcovici, Law student.


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Grey College

Welcome to a place where you can grow, learn and develop… Grey is a traditional, gown-wearing college, which recalls the historic traditions of Durham University within modern student life. The College occupies a beautiful location close to the Bill Bryson Library and main Mountjoy sites. The College has a centrally located library, open 24-hours a day and Fountains Hall is a multi-purpose facility housing a chapel, music rooms, as well as an activity room with a fully functioning performance stage. When relaxing, students often find themselves in our award-winning Grey Bar. We have a relaxed, enthusiastic and friendly community, with many great societies for our students to join. Grey is renowned for its annual student events, such as themed formals, Barfest, Grey Day, a massive Fireworks display and the Phoenix Ball, to name just a few. We have a great sporting community where everyone is encouraged

LIBERAL AND ACCEPTING BUT TRADITIONAL. 855 STUDENTS.

to participate, whatever their ability. Arts, theatre and music are also strong at Grey; we regularly host art exhibitions, and we have our own theatre. Grey Day, our annual music festival, is a highlight of the year. Our students also run an outstanding outreach programme in the local community. The College aims to support and encourage all of its students to excel; adding value to their specialised academic studies and providing them with a variety of opportunities to unlock their broader potential. Grey students work hard to make the College an inclusive and caring place. Student representatives sit on the College Council, and the students’ own welfare committee provides much of the College’s welfare provision. Because of this support and the range of opportunities on offer, our students achieve excellent examination results and engage in a range of activities that help them develop as individuals who can contribute to society when they graduate.

Meet Andrew “Grey provides excellent facilities and a lively student population. There is a wide array of extracurricular activities available at Grey. From student outreach and welfare programmes, to traditional sports such as rowing and rugby, to more unique clubs and societies such as the Ultimate Frisbee team and UkuGREYle (the College Ukulele Club), Grey offers something for everyone. Grey is a welcoming and inclusive community and a lovely place to call home.” Andrew Loucks, Law student.

CONTACTS:

Master:

Professor Thomas Allen

GREY AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 5639

Vice-Master:

Dr Peter Swift

E: grey.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Assistant-Master (Welfare):

Julie Bushby

www.durham.ac.uk/grey.college

Bursar:

Karen Blundell

Founded 1959 Fully-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: G Location: Durham City


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Hatfield College

FRIENDLY, SPIRITED AND TRADITIONAL. 776 STUDENTS.

Welcome to a real sense of community and belonging where the ‘Hatfield spirit’ is renowned…

We go to great lengths to help all our students to feel at home, and we encourage everyone to get involved in Hatfield life.

Meet Davide

Hatfield College is situated between the Cathedral and the River Wear, only minutes from the City centre.

The College has a strong sporting and musical tradition. We place at the centre of college life each student’s personal development, academic progress and future employability.

“Hatfield is a forward-thinking college but one that still places great importance on its historical traditions. The College provided me with an environment where whatever I wanted to achieve was fully supported.

The College was founded in 1846 and it is the second oldest college in the University. Its founder, David Melville, pioneered a new model for a residential community in a university. Hatfield College still follows this model – and the model has become the template of university residential communities throughout the world. Hatfield College today seeks to combine the best of its founding traditions with the same innovative, pioneering spirit of its founder. We therefore welcome enthusiastic, motivated students from all backgrounds and nations who want to achieve more than just a good degree.

Our motto ‘Vel Primus Vel cum Primis’ can be loosely translated as ‘Be the best you can be’. We try to live up to our motto by striving to be excellent in the College’s wide range of studentrun societies and activities and in all that we do. Our buildings reflect the history of our College: some of the buildings are old and full of character, and others are modern and purpose-built. Particularly impressive is our Georgian dining hall where we all eat together. ‘Once a Hatfielder, always a Hatfielder’ is a phrase you will often hear. Our students are loyal and committed. Typically, they maintain their links with the College long after they have graduated. Being a Hatfielder is for life!

CONTACTS:

Within the College there are fantastic facilities; a fully-equipped cardio and weights gym, a music room and a brand new multi-functional art room, TV common room, Library and reading room. Hatfield also has a brilliant bar which is a great social space in which to meet friends. There is constantly something to do here, something to attend or to get involved in, whether it is the annual winter ball, a sporting event, or a charity pub quiz! However, I think one of my biggest highlights has been experiencing the great sense of community that Hatfield fosters; the famous Hatfield Spirit is something truly special.” Davide Baldanzi, Law student.

HATFIELD AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 2633

Master:

Professor Tim Burt

E: hatfield.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Senior Tutor:

Dr Anthony Bash

www.durham.ac.uk/hatfield.college

Bursar:

Michelle Crawford

Founded 1846 Fully-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: 2 Location: Durham City


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Josephine Butler College

As Durham’s youngest college, we embrace change and innovation to offer a thriving scholarly and social community for all… Butler is a friendly and diverse community that offers students from the UK and around the world the opportunity to actively engage with a fabulous university life. The direction of the College is heavily influenced by our students; we give many of Durham’s oldest traditions our unique Butler twist and are often complimented on our relaxed, warm and friendly spirit. Over 50 student-run sports, societies and committees make use of modern, versatile facilities to provide opportunities for the development of sporting, musical or artistic passions. Alongside our fully-equipped music room and gym, Butler boasts up-to-date equipment for budding film-makers, annual arts, photography and literature competitions, a student magazine and indoor and outdoor sports facilities including the multi-use games area.

MODERN, INNOVATIVE AND FORWARDTHINKING. 755 STUDENTS.

Butler Bar is the largest college bar and forms the central hub of college life – hosting a number of events, including Butler Live music nights, student plays and scholarly talks. With televisions showing sport and films, the bar also provides a comfortable daily social space, serving pub-style meals in the evening, whilst transforming into a unique coffee shop during the day. As the only fully self-catered college, you will get modern, en-suite accommodation with a spacious kitchen. Community and charities play a key role at Butler. Our Charities Committee raises thousands of pounds annually through events such as ‘Butler’s Got Talent’, while the Projects Committee facilitates volunteering in local primary schools. Butler is also a self-proclaimed green college and we pride ourselves on our strong environmental values. On joining Butler, you will be welcomed into an engaging community for the rest of your life; for example, our ‘Butler Angels’ scheme allows alumni to offer career advice to current students. At Butler, you can take responsibility and get involved; we are people who make things happen and make a difference to the world.

Meet Claire “The best thing about Butler is the atmosphere – so open-minded, diverse and unbelievably welcoming to all cultures and backgrounds. There are lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved, yet absolutely no pressure to do so – the people and the place encourages everyone to join in. I have tried so many new things in my time here, and have found passions in places I never thought would be for me! Who could have guessed I would be a rower?” Claire Scott, Mathematics student.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Adrian Simpson

BUTLER AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 7271

Vice-Principal:

Karen Langdon

E: butler.admissions@durham.ac.uk

JCR President:

Siri Minsaas

www.durham.ac.uk/butler.college

Bursar:

Des O’Neill

Founded 2006 Self-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: 9 Location: Durham City


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St Aidan’s College

Welcome to a modern, inclusive and caring community… St Aidan’s ethos is to encourage everyone, intellectually, socially and culturally. Our student body is integral to our inclusivity, inviting student involvement at all levels. Our successful, well-organised events are renowned, including ‘Formals’ and Balls, which encourage students to be creative, decorating the Dining Hall and fashioning prize-winning costumes. Our Summer Festival attracts students from across the University alongside recent graduates, while the shop and the bar are perfect spaces for pub quizzes, open mic nights and fundraising events. Our performing arts are thriving: you may star in theatre productions, script the Pantomime or lead our crack tech. teams. Make music in the Hill Orchestra, the jazz ensemble, the a cappella group or choir and showcase cover versions and original compositions in a band at Jazz, Rock & Cocktails. Our alumni-sponsored photography project and our Writing Fellow’s creative writing programme are unique.

MODERN, INCLUSIVE AND DYNAMIC. 798 STUDENTS.

Welcoming amateur and elite sport alike, we usually make the Colleges’ League top 3. From mixed lacrosse to football; from surfing to ballet, Aidan’s has something for everyone... and an excellent record of academic achievement. We pride ourselves on student support so if difficulties arise you are assured of assistance, from the student-run Welfare Team to the staff Student Support Team. We are also pioneers in exploring the cultural diversity of the University and the region. We celebrate Chinese New Year, organise language evenings and international film club nights, and we are proud to host the University’s Jewish Society and the Muslim Chaplain. Our key research partners are the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities and we host the steering group for Durham Pride. Other key research, NGO and charity partners focus on disability rights, the migrant experience, intercultural dialogue, homelessness and resilience. Our outlook – like our architecture – is modern and progressive, so we are continuously evolving as the members of our community introduce new ideas, projects and experiences. So join us and make your new home on the hill, in Aidan’s.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Dr Susan Frenk

T: +44 (0)191 334 5832 E: aidans.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor:

Stefan Klidzia

www.durham.ac.uk/st-aidans.college

Bursar:

Paula Dawson

Meet Niharika “Everything about Aidan’s seemed to draw me in, from being fully catered to the music scene, and the numerous sports teams. At Aidan’s I have been able to maintain my interests as well as broaden them and I discovered new talents I didn’t know I had, which has increased my confidence. There are so many different societies at Aidan’s from surfing to journalism! There really is something for everybody, whether it is sport, something more creative, or simply taking the opportunity to relax and watch movies with friends. Joining Aidan’s has been a lifechanging experience for me. It has opened my eyes to the fact that Durham University is the place where I can be anything I want to be.” Niharika Sahni, Law student.

AIDAN’S AT A GLANCE... Founded 1947 Fully-catered Non-gowned formals UCAS code: A Location: Durham City


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St Chad’s College

Welcome to an academically focused community with a conscience… One of the smallest and oldest colleges, St Chad’s has a fantastic sense of community and more often than not achieves among the very highest academic results in the University, providing a superb environment to support and enhance your academic studies. Situated in the shadow of Durham Cathedral near the City centre, we encourage our students to get totally involved in the College and beyond. We organise overseas placements during the summer in rural South Africa and our work with charities and with Fairtrade underlines our commitment to social justice. We strive constantly (and very successfully) to improve our environmental impact. Though we are small, we have extensive library facilities with eight Wi-Fi equipped college library and study rooms; a large college-based group of research staff; and a unique Collegiate Studies Programme, which supplements departmental studies with student-focused events, minicourses and a genuine exchange of ideas.

LIBERAL, SMALL AND RELAXED. 376 STUDENTS.

While we take studies very seriously, you cannot study all the time, and our students have a great time away from the books. We have a proud sports tradition: students make lifelong friends on the pitch and we have the highest sports participation rate in the University. We have two formal meals each week and several ‘mega-feasts’ each term: we love our traditions, but we have fun and do not take them too seriously. We probably have more college balls than anyone else, and they are among the most festive in the University. Unusually, our two bars (and our medieval wine cellar) are entirely student-run, with all the profits going towards student activities. On the arts side, our professionally trained choir is world-class and tours the globe; we have an in-house theatre group; and we are home to the University’s only African drumming and singing group. With a mixed postgraduate and undergraduate community, a large complement of academic staff, and a long confident history, we offer a friendly and inclusive environment, with unparalleled opportunities to mingle daily with scholars of all ages.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Dr Joseph Cassidy

T: +44 (0)191 334 3357 E: chads.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor:

Dr Margaret Masson

www.durham.ac.uk/chads

Bursar:

Gary Cox

Meet Rishiraj “The main benefits of being at St Chad’s are the great friends you make, the range of people you meet, the support network provided by the College, along with absolutely brilliant social events: gowned formal dinners, a ball each term, and the annual College Feast Day. As well as helping me become a more disciplined student, becoming the treasurer of the boat club has developed my sense of responsibility, and my business skills! When choosing my college I was looking for three main things – small size, location, and a traditional-yetliberal atmosphere. St Chad’s ticked all these boxes.” Rishiraj Goenka, Economics student.

CHAD’S AT A GLANCE... Founded 1904 Fully-catered Twice-weekly gowned formals UCAS code: 3 Location: Durham City


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St Cuthbert’s Society

Welcome to an eclectic mix of old and new, accommodating a variety of lifestyles… Founded in 1888 St Cuthbert’s Society is a college with wide appeal attracting a diverse mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Spread across two sites, we have an interesting mix of old and new buildings which provide catered, part-catered or self-catered accommodation; we are also able to provide meals on a pay-as-you-go basis. Student welfare and support has a high priority; first years have a college mentor and there is an exciting programme of student development and employability events and research forums throughout the year. We encourage everyone to get involved. We have fantastic social and scholarly events which are open to all members of the college community. We are known as a wonderful place for interdisciplinary and extracurricular

LARGE AND DIVERSE. ACROSS TWO SITES. 944 STUDENTS.

learning, for widening horizons and for giving opportunities for stimulating dialogue. Students can get involved in many activities such as sport, art, music and drama. We have regular college formals, some with the choir or college Big Band and others like Dining in the Dark with fundraising or special themes. There is an annual Arts and Culture Week, and each year we have an artist or writer in residence who works alongside students to support and inspire. Our students are also involved in community and charity work. We offer Student Development Awards aimed at students who want to volunteer at a local, national or international level. Many students participate in community engagement through Team Durham, which provides students with the opportunity to volunteer in the local community or gain coaching qualifications. Why choose St Cuthbert’s? We are a scholarly college, with a great choice of accommodation, a diverse student body and students will have the chance to help us maintain and build on all we already enjoy.

CONTACTS:

Meet Digby “St Cuthbert’s Society has two great locations and a Junior Common Room that represents the student body. I am a Durham Students’ Union Rep, I have taken part in college drama performances and I row for the University. I have been elected VicePresident for the Caledonian Society for next year, which I am really looking forward to! I have found Cuth’s to be an eclectic group of people bound by one common goal – the pursuit of discovering our potential. There are lots of societies and scholarly activities to get involved with and we all socialise together in the college bar, at formal dinners and special occasions.” Digby Walker, Natural Sciences student.

CUTH’S AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 3400

Principal:

Professor Elizabeth Archibald

E: st-cuthberts.society@durham.ac.uk

Deputy Principal

Sharon Richardson

www.durham.ac.uk/st-cuthberts.society

Bursar:

Chris Finnemore

Founded 1888 Fully-catered/Part-catered/Self-catered Non-gowned formals UCAS code: 4 Location: Durham City


034 OUR COLLEGES

College of St Hild & St Bede

Welcome to a historic college, large enough to provide a host of opportunities… One of the largest colleges, St Hild and St Bede is set in 16 acres of parkland. We are very close to the City centre, and our students enjoy use of our extensive grounds. Our surroundings are well used for events and entertainment, including College Day with a feast, entertainment and live music all day. Our sensational College Balls and formal dinners happen throughout the year (in recent years featured acts have included Nero, Scouting for Girls, Tinie Tempah and the Vengaboys). We have four tennis courts, a netball court, a squash court, a five-a-side football pitch and a boathouse (well situated on the river banks). We are also close to the University’s sport facilities and our participation rates (and success) in sports are amongst the highest in the University.

LARGE, SPACIOUS AND HISTORIC. 993 STUDENTS.

Our size means we have many societies including the environmental society and pond society (who assist in the upkeep of our beautiful surroundings). Hild Bede is the only college with a full-size theatre that also functions as a cinema – used by our successful theatre group (HBT – Hild Bede Theatre) and by the film society which offer weekly screenings during term. We also have a Grade II listed Chapel which hosts our talented chapel choir (who tour and have sung in St Paul’s Cathedral and at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle). While other colleges have a Junior Common Room (JCR), representing undergraduates, and a Middle Common Room (MCR) representing postgraduates, Hild Bede has a combined Common Room which we call the Student Representative Council (SRC) representing all our undergraduate and postgraduate students. The SRC fosters a genuinely inclusive family atmosphere which supports and develops our students’ activities. Why not come and be part of the Hild Bede family?

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Professor Adrian Darnell

T: +44 (0)191 334 8300

Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor:

Laura Todd

Bursar:

Chris Finnemore

E: hildbede.college@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/hild-bede

Meet Becky “Hild Bede is one of the University’s larger colleges whether measured by physical size, student numbers or personality. It’s full of spirit, support and surprise – you never know when an alumni team is going to turn up for the weekly bar quiz or the porter will greet you wearing comedy sunglasses. The college system makes the University experience so much more supportive; it is fantastic to know that you are in a college and part of a huge family of people that constantly look after each other.” Becky Martin, Natural Sciences student.

HILD BEDE AT A GLANCE... Founded 1839/1858, amalgamated 1975 Fully-catered during term-time Black tie formals UCAS code: 5 Location: Durham City


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St John’s College

Welcome to a small, dynamic and diverse college with a passionate spirit… One of the smallest colleges, St John’s creates a welcoming, comfortable environment where you can quickly get to know people across all year groups, developing lifelong friendships. We come consistently high in student surveys, especially for our sense of community and welfare provision. We aim to recognise our students’ needs and passions and focus our resources on giving these the space and opportunity to develop. We also believe in enhancing and challenging the student learning experience in College and hold a wide range of events ranging from formal undergraduate research symposia and seminars to more relaxed occasions such as ‘poems in the bar’. We pride ourselves on our ethos of care, and encourage student involvement in the community. St John’s has a Christian foundation but welcomes people of all faiths and of none.

SMALL, CARING AND TRADITIONAL. 412 STUDENTS.

A strong sporting college, our students compete at intercollegiate, University and international levels. We are strong in rowing, but thrive in many other sports as well. There is provision for all musical and theatrical tastes. Our theatre group enjoys the use of their own performance space and our excellent choir has performed on BBC Radio 4 from the College chapel. Spectacular John’s events include the Bailey Ball and John’s Day which, with our raft races on the river, attracts students, staff and alumni. Numerous small events take place in the College’s social hub – the student-run bar, which provides a perfect place to relax along with our Junior Common Room, TV lounge and coffee bar. Our historic buildings consist of a row of interlinked town houses, the earliest dating back to the seventeenth century. We are also able to offer more modern accommodation in a recently built block where all bedrooms are en-suite. Our beautiful leafy setting along the riverbank offers close access to the City centre and main University sites.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Rev. Professor David Wilkinson

T: +44 (0)191 334 3881

Vice-principal and Senior Tutor:

Dr Mark Ogden

E: johns.secretary@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/st-johns.college

Director of Finance and Administration: Angela Cook

Meet Anthony “The small community of St John’s is what makes it special. Everyone knows each other, and the staff and students work together to create the tremendous sense of family that students feel when they walk into college. The eclectic mix of buildings; the excellent food; the dedicated and friendly college staff; gowned formal meals; a successful sporting history and a wonderful combination of the modern and the traditional – it is no wonder that John’s alumni want to come back: once a Johnian, always a Johnian.” Anthony Walker-Cook, English Literature student.

JOHN’S AT A GLANCE... Founded 1909 Fully-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: J Location: Durham City


036 OUR COLLEGES

St Mary’s College

Welcome to a beautiful, traditional college with a distinguished history… We are renowned for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the range of academic, extracurricular and social activities on offer. Our student community is diverse and dynamic and we are committed to developing everyone’s skills and talents. St Mary’s is one of Durham’s oldest colleges. Founded in 1899 as an all-women’s college before becoming fully mixed in 2005, we retain our founding ethos of commitment to social justice, equality and opportunity for all. St Mary’s enjoys a central location, with beautiful buildings set in extensive grounds and with stunning views of Durham Cathedral. Mary’s is the closest college to the Bill Bryson Library, the Palatine Centre and main Mountjoy site. We are a catered college with a traditional dining hall and a reputation for some of the best food and gowned formal meals in the University. Our facilities include a library which provides core materials for undergraduate courses, complementing the University’s libraries.

HISTORIC, TRADITIONAL AND PROGRESSIVE. 713 STUDENTS.

We have two computer rooms and Wi-Fi is available throughout the College. Our chapel provides a space for worship and contemplation. In our cellar, we have a student-run bar and the renowned Mary’s toastie bar and shop. Sport is an integral part of college life. There are men’s and women’s teams in most sports for people of all abilities and we have our own tennis court and well-equipped gym. The College hosts a wide variety of student clubs and societies. There are frequent musical and drama productions, basement jazz, the chapel choir, college band nights and other acoustic events. We also run an annual Arts Week. Alumni retain close relationships with the College, providing awards and bursaries for current students and taking part in our careers networking scheme which links students with alumni in a whole host of professions. At St Mary’s our informal, close-knit, friendly and supportive environment encourages enjoyment alongside hard work and academic achievement.

Meet Becca “St Mary’s provides a distinctively friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and is home to a diverse community of students. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colleges in Durham and choosing St Mary’s was easily the best choice I have made in my life. I have experienced two fantastic years here and created some amazing memories. There is a countless range of opportunities on offer meaning that there is something to suit everyone’s interests, whether they are in sport, music, arts or drama. St Mary’s has helped me to not only develop as a person but it has made my University experience the best it could possibly be and one I will never forget.” Rebecca Hunt, Biomedical Sciences student.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Professor Simon Hackett

MARY’S AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 5914

Vice-Principal:

Catherine Paine

E: stmarys.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Senior Student Support Officer:

Dr Dave Robson

Bursar:

Martin Clemmett

Founded 1899 Fully-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: M Location: Durham City

www.durham.ac.uk/st-marys.college


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Trevelyan College

Welcome to a small, friendly, supportive college with a clear community feel… Trevelyan is small but perfectly formed and architecturally distinctive: our study bedrooms lead onto hexagonal landings providing natural social areas, and most of our wide-ranging facilities can be reached without even leaving the building. You will feel at home the minute you walk through the door, surrounded by a friendly atmosphere and a buzz of activity – or step outside and enjoy our beautiful parkland setting. Academically, we encourage progressive interest in seeing the world from different subject perspectives, and in how research generates new knowledge. This complements a huge array of opportunities for personal development, creativity and leadership. There is always plenty to do at Trevelyan! We are particularly known for our strengths in music and the performing arts and have our own music practice rooms. As well as musical ensembles and bands of all genres including

COSY, FRIENDLY AND VIBRANT. 620 STUDENTS.

a classical orchestra, our open-air music festival Trevstock annually showcases the extraordinary musical talent amongst our students. In addition, our high-calibre musical is performed and directed entirely by our students. We have a strong sporting tradition as well: the variety of sports clubs, open to beginners and enthusiasts alike, include Frisbee, football, cricket, rugby, rowing, lacrosse, sailing and darts. We boast indoor and outdoor sports courts and two rowing eights. Despite our small size we achieve well and, in a number of sports, we are often among the medal winners. In drama, the productions of the Hill College Theatre Company include open-air Shakespeare performances, with Trevelyan students heavily involved, both beginners and regular performers. We also hold a popular art competition for budding artists. At Trevelyan there is space to develop your talents or discover new ones, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. People often say Trevs is a way of life; they cannot imagine being anywhere else.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Professor Martyn Evans

T: +44 (0)191 334 7057

Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor:

Dr Ian Latham

Bursar:

Martin Clemmett

E: admissions.trevelyan@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/trevelyan.college

Meet Christine “Colleges makes you feel like you belong. As an international student this was especially important to me. Trevelyan made me feel at home from day one. Trevs is considered the most musical college. I love music and I wanted a college where I could play piano. Trevs has a lot of musical events and societies, like Live on the Hill and unplugged sessions. I am part of the college choir and sing in the church. It makes me feel involved in this country’s cultural events – singing the evensongs and I feel opened to a new world of music. I am also captain of the women’s badminton B team. This has developed my leadership, organisational and teamwork skills. And of course my badminton skills have improved too.” Tsz Kam Kwok (Christine), Biological Sciences student.

TREVELYAN AT A GLANCE... Founded 1966 Fully-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: T Location: Durham City


038 OUR COLLEGES

University College

Welcome to a supportive community influenced by long-standing tradition… At University College, our activities and facilities are influenced by our heritage yet we are constantly developing to support contemporary student life. Our 750 undergraduates and over 350 postgraduates come from all backgrounds, but their pride in ‘Castle’ and its traditions is unanimous. The ‘Castle spirit’ lives on long after graduation as our annual reunion event shows. Around 30% of our accommodation is based within the walls of Durham Castle itself which, along with Durham Cathedral, is part of a World Heritage Site. We hold popular bi-weekly formal dinners, to which everyone wears gowns; our eleventh-century Undercroft Bar offers a stunning venue to socialise and relax while our 24-hour library is a great study space. Our annual June Ball features a magnificent fireworks display and Castle Day attracts both current and former students.

CONTACTS: T: +44 (0)191 334 4099 E: univcoll.admissions@durham.ac.uk www.durham.ac.uk/university.college

STRONG TRADITIONAL ROOTS. 750 STUDENTS.

Our many sports clubs, interest groups, and music and theatre societies all prove very popular: from the Ice Cream Society to the Chapel Choir, from Castle Orchestra to Big Band. Our Castle Theatre Company (CTC) tours the USA in summer and produces a play each term, including a Shakespeare production in the Fellows’ Garden; other highlights are the stunning opera performances. The College also hosts several major lecture series. In 2013 our students founded CCA (Castle Community Action) which has 400 undergraduate student members who do voluntary work with primary and secondary schools, in residential care homes and with the homeless. Student welfare has a very visible profile within the College. Our student welfare team is extremely active in awareness-raising within the College student community. Campaigns include for example, ‘de-stress week’ before exams and eating disorders and alcohol awareness weeks. Personal development is always high on our agenda and we very much encourage our students to discover their potential and make the most of the opportunities offered.

Master: Vice-Master and Senior Tutor: Bursar: Chaplain and Solway Fellow:

Professor David Held Eva Schumacher-Reid Michelle Crawford Dr Hannah Cleugh

Meet Christopher “The first thing that struck me about University College was its sense of inclusiveness and the wide diversity of the people here. Within the ‘Castle’ community spirit we are all individually given scope to develop; be it through the variety of student-run sports, music and drama societies that are available to us or contact with college ‘parents’ and mentors. The traditional element of activities at Castle such as the formal dinners really enhances the character of student life here and it is a great joy to be in such surroundings.” Christopher Hirschman, Modern Languages student.

CASTLE AT A GLANCE... Founded 1832 (Durham’s oldest college) Fully-catered Gowned formals UCAS code: U Location: Durham City


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Van Mildert College

Welcome to a relaxed, inclusive college where everyone has a say in what goes on… Set in spacious grounds around our lake, Van Mildert is conveniently located near the main Mountjoy site and the Bill Bryson Library. The drive and energy of our students is clear through their commitment to academic excellence but also through our wide range of societies, providing opportunities for everyone to follow familiar interests or discover new ones. Mildertians are particularly famous for their community spirit and are frequently the top fundraisers for Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK). We currently have more outreach projects than any other college: two educational schemes with local schools; visits to young offenders in a secure training centre; a community visiting project supporting elderly citizens; and providing respite care for parents with disabled children.

LARGE, RELAXED FEEL AND LIVELY. 989 STUDENTS.

We are proud of our consistent success in the intercollegiate sports league, achieving second place in 2013/14, and our rugby, rowing, hockey and football teams are among the best in the University. As a larger ‘hill’ college, we offer outstanding facilities including an excellent music suite with a Bechstein grand piano, two practice rooms and a high-quality recording studio. Our strength in the arts and music is reflected not only in our facilities, but in our annual cabaret, our annual musical and our Jam by the Lake event; now the biggest open-air music festival in Durham. Our dining hall, the largest in Durham, provides a great venue for our popular formal dinners, hosting up to 400 guests, whilst our awardwinning, student-run bar remains a vibrant meeting place for college members.

Meet Emily “Van Mildert has provided me with the perfect environment to make my university experience about more than just my degree. I have volunteered with and organised the Primary School outreach project, been elected Communications Officer for the Junior Common Room, and joined volleyball and VM Fit in college, helping me to meet new people and try new things. Mildert is such an inclusive college where students are able to propose and lead new initiatives, and I’ve had an amazing first year.”

Van Mildert is the place to be: to make friends for life, to encourage and challenge you to reach your full potential and prepare you for your future career.

Emily Whiteside, Combined Honours in Arts (Liberal Arts) student.

CONTACTS:

Principal:

Professor David Harper

MILDERT AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 7154

Deputy Principal:

Dr Victoria Brown

E: admissions.vanmildert@durham.ac.uk

Bursar:

Paula Dawson

Founded 1965 Fully-catered Non-gowned formals UCAS code: V Location: Durham City

www.durham.ac.uk/van-mildert.college


040 OUR COLLEGES

John Snow College

Welcome to a modern college with traditional values… John Snow College is a modern, purpose-built college situated in a great location for Stockton town centre, and a short 10 minute stroll to Queen’s Campus. Our friendly, enthusiastic students provide a dedicated ‘move in’ team to help new arrivals quickly feel at home and all Freshers’ are allocated a ‘college parent’ (a second or thirdyear student) to help them settle in.

MODERN COLLEGE WITH TRADITIONAL VALUES. 981 STUDENTS.

Many of our students take part in competitive sport at College, and University-levels and benefit from the campus’ state-of-the-art sports centre and boathouse. With our spacious art studio and music room, John Snow is a stimulating environment for those interested in the arts. Our students run societies including choir, orchestra, jazz group, art, and the successful Infinity Musical Theatre group which performs an annual show at Stockton’s professional ARC Theatre. Many of our students also volunteer with Student Community Action.

High-quality, self-catering accommodation is provided for our first years, (either in College or at Mezzino), as well as two evening meals per week in the Waterside Restaurant at Queen’s Campus. Each term, we host wonderful formal dinner events, where we dress in formal attire and academic gowns. With plenty of studentorganised events, John Snow is a great place to socialise. Annual events include our winter and summer Snow Balls and our Snow Day, packed with entertainment and live music.

At John Snow, we encourage our students to develop in every area of life, providing support and opportunities for them to explore new ideas and thrive both in and outside of the academic environment.

CONTACTS:

T: +44 (0)191 334 0034

Principal:

Professor Carolyn Summerbell

E: snow.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Vice-Principal:

Janet Dixon-Dawson

www.durham.ac.uk/johnsnow.college

Bursar:

David Fionda

Meet Stuart “My experience as a member of John Snow College has been the most enjoyable part of my time here at Durham University. The College is a diverse and vibrant community. This supportive environment really helped me to get the most out of my time as an undergraduate. I’ve very much enjoyed getting involved with many activities, especially college theatre through the Infinity Musical Theatre group and college sport, particularly rowing. The friendly, supportive community has helped me grow in confidence and gain additional skills. I’ve held various positions in our Junior Common Room and in 2014–15 I was President!” Stuart Flegg, Psychology (Applied) graduate.

SNOW AT A GLANCE... Founded 2001 Part-catered Gowned formal meals UCAS code: 7 Location: Stockton


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Stephenson College

Welcome to an innovative, evolving college where there are unlimited opportunities… One of the youngest colleges, Stephenson is modern, informal and offers innovative new facilities and activities. With a mix of undergraduate, postgraduate, international and mature students, we are an inclusive, supportive community. Conveniently located at the centre of Queen’s Campus for freshers most of our single, en-suite accommodation is arranged in flats of six or seven with shared kitchens. ‘Livers-in’ enjoy self-catering, with two dinners a week in the Waterside restaurant. The Waterside also provides the venue for our themed Locomotion Dinners, annual Christmas Balls and other large-scale events. Our many annual events also include a Freshers’ Dinner, a light-hearted sports day with sack races and tug-of-war, and our infamous Stephenson Day – a lively

INFORMAL, INNOVATIVE AND MODERN. 1,052 STUDENTS.

celebration of activities and music. Stephenson Central houses our spacious social and study facilities. The café-bar, games room and TV lounge provide great venues for our regular film, quiz and pool nights as well as music, comedy and social events. Our many societies, from games to photography, also meet in Central. Our creative students know no bounds with a painting by numbers society and our own college magazine which gives you the chance to try your hand at journalism. In addition, many students also get involved with the local community, volunteering at our Taster Days to help raise aspirations amongst Year 12 students. Our successful sports teams (including rugby, netball, volleyball, badminton, hockey, lacrosse, swimming and football, etc) benefit from our proximity to the neighbouring stateof-the-art sports centre and all-weather pitch, where you can also join classes and the gym. With the nearby River Tees easily accessible, we also enjoy rowing and canoeing.

CONTACTS:

Meet Michelle “Stephenson College has provided me with so many varied opportunities this year, from volunteering, attending interesting evening lectures and presentations and making new friends. Stephenson’s student support has been amazing, offering care and assistance when I needed it most; their door is always open. Working together and encouraging each other is what ‘Stevos’ do best!” Michelle Lowe, Primary Education student.

STEPHENSON AT A GLANCE...

T: +44 (0)191 334 0560

Principal:

Professor John Ashworth

E: stephenson.enquiries@durham.ac.uk

Vice-Principal:

Dr Jill Tidmarsh

www.durham.ac.uk/stephenson

Bursar:

David Fionda

Founded 2001 Part-catered Non-gowned formals UCAS code: 8 Location: Stockton


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ANTHROPOLOGY FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 95% of our Anthropology students said they found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 90%). 7th in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1612 E: anthropology@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 102

ANTHROPOLOGY @DURHAM Expanding your world In year three, you will have the opportunity to take part in our Field Course module, which includes a two-week stay at the Lajuma Research Centre in the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa. Here you can undertake field projects and learn about the interdisciplinary approaches we use in our research. Left: Anthropology students on a field trip to South Africa.


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Anthropology

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Have you ever really thought about what it means to be human? If you have and you wanted to learn more, then Anthropology is for you. Our degrees introduce you to the comparative and evolutionary study of humans and draw on a range of social, cultural and biological perspectives. Our degrees are distinctive; we cover everything from altruism to zygotes. Our broad and interdisciplinary approach also makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. Our teaching is research-led and places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives. We will expand your world in four ways: by showing you new intellectual horizons; by teaching you about the wider world and our place in it; by equipping you for a host of opportunities; and by influencing your world through research that has global significance.

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Anthropology*

3

AAA

DC

L602

BSc (Hons) Anthropology*

3

ABB

DC L601

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology*

3

AAB

DC LF64

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Sociology*

3

AAB

DC LL36

BSc (Hons) Health and Human Sciences*

3

ABB

DC B991

MAnth (int. masters) Master of Anthropology (Biological Anthropology)

4

ABB

DC L607

MAnth (int. masters) Master of Anthropology

4 ABB DC L605

(Medical Anthropology)

MAnth (int. masters) Master of Anthropology (Social Anthropology)

4 AAA DC L606

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours*

3

Page 91

DC

CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC

CFG0

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC

LMV0

BSc (Hons) Anthropology with Foundation 4 Page 73 DC

L603

BA (Hons) Anthropology with Foundation 4 Page 73 DC

L608

(Anthropology and Biology; Anthropology and Psychology)

BSc (Hons) Health and Human Sciences 4 Page 73 DC L691 with Foundation

*All Single and Joint Honours Anthropology courses can be taken with an optional year abroad.


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ARCHAEOLOGY FACTS RANKING 97% of our Archaeology students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 92%). 1st in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2015. 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1100 E: arch.ugsecretary@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 72 Right: Botanic Garden, Durham City. Below: Training excavation, Coquetdale.

Underpinned by world-class research Research has always underpinned the teaching of archaeology at Durham University through excavation and fieldwork. You may have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of research-led education projects, for example at the University’s Botanic Gardens, experimental Archaeo-Botany includes crop-growing and wood-burning for comparative purposes, coppicing and other environmental experiments which feature in undergraduate practical work and dissertations.


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Archaeology

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

One of the most exciting and varied subjects to study. One of the very best places at which to study it. Archaeology at Durham University covers everything from the Palaeolithic to the Post-Medieval, from Iceland to India, from architecture to ancient DNA, helping us to address some of the most fundamental questions about who we are. A broad and dynamic subject, archaeology changes constantly with new discoveries and the development of innovative research. This fascinating degree allows you to combine practical hands-on work with traditional academic study. You will take part in fieldwork, on real excavations and finds and learn about historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theories, computer techniques and how they all help us to understand the past. Our staff are leaders in their fields, we have professional links with many notable historic organisations and our graduates are highly employable in the archaeology sector and elsewhere.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS CODE

YEARS CAMPUS

BA (Hons) Archaeology

3

AAB

DC F400

BSc (Hons) Archaeology

3

AAB

DC F402

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations

3 AAB DC VQ48

BA (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology

3

AAA

DC VF14

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology

3

Page 43

DC LF64

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

(Archaeology and Earth Sciences)

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Archaeology with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC V400

BSc (Hons) Archaeology with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC

F403

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


046

BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES FACTS

Global experience

RANKING Ranked 8th in the UK for World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Students have gone on field trips around the world including Africa and the Alps as well as the Arctic (pictured below), where they have learned how to use tools which can measure the carbon flux induced by climate change.

92% of our Biological and Biomedical Science students said that they found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Students Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 89%). 5th in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1200 E: bio.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/biosciences/undergraduate EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 170

Above right: Student on a field trip to the Arctic. Above: Biological Sciences practical.


047

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

Biological and Biomedical Sciences DEGREES

The science of the twenty-first-century. Bioscience is the fundamental science of life and recent key developments make the twenty-first century the most exciting era in which important biological challenges will be met and resolved. Our bioscientists have developed new technologies for human healthcare and are tackling challenges that include climate change, biodiversity conservation and feeding an increasing human population. The School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences has excellent facilities for both teaching and research, offering high-quality undergraduate courses and a supportive environment for our staff and students. Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate study at universities across the UK and overseas and will take up graduate entry to Medicine courses whilst others work in the biosciences sector, the NHS or pharmaceutical industry.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

3

AAA

DC C103

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

3

AAA

DC B940

MBiol (Hons) Biosciences

4

AAA

DC C107

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

MSci (Hons) Joint Honours

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC C104

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

4

Page 73

DC B902

(Biology and Anthropology; Biology and Chemistry; Biology and Earth Sciences; Biology and Geography; Biology and Mathematics; Biology and Physics; Biology and Psychology)

(Biology and Chemistry; Biology and Physics)

with Foundation

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


048

BUSINESS, MARKETING, ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FACTS RANKING 2nd in the UK for graduate employability (Business and Management Studies, The Complete University Guide 2015). CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 0232 +44 (0)191 334 0449 E:  businessadmissions.queens @durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/business/ programmes/undergraduate EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Queen’s Campus 355

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS OFFER CODE

BSc (Hons) Finance

3 AAB QC 2C77

BSc (Hons) Finance with Business Placement

4 AAB QC 2M83

BSc (Hons) Finance with Study Abroad

4 AAB QC 8G15

BA (Hons) Marketing

3 AAB QC N501

BA (Hons) Marketing with Business Placement

4 AAB QC N505

BA (Hons) Marketing with Study Abroad

4 AAB QC N507

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

(Business and Computer Science)

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences 3 Page 91 DC

CFG0

Page 73 QC N209 BA (Hons) Accounting and Management with Foundation 4

BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation 4 Page 73 QC NN21

BSc (Hons) Finance with Foundation 4 Page 73 QC N308

BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation 4 Page 73 QC N504

Dr Oliver Mallett’s in-depth research on humour in organisations highlighted the dangers of managerial attempts to make functional use of humour in high-growth small firms. Oliver (pictured above) worked closely with students to produce further insights into this topic in a researchbased dissertation that engaged with local businesses. This research led to features in the popular press including the Sunday Times and Financial Times Advisor.


049

Business, Marketing, Accounting and Finance

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

KPMG AFFILIATED DEGREE

The best start to a career in business begins with learning from the best in the business. Taught at Queen’s Campus, our degrees are designed to help you understand essential and advanced concepts of business, finance, economics, accounting, marketing and management. An internationally renowned research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK, our degrees offer learning that is stimulating and challenging. Study with us and prepare to stand out from the crowd. With our rigorous curriculum and exceptional teaching, you’ll build worldclass foundations for graduate employment or further study. You will also get a taste of real business – learning from expert faculty members and guest speakers, as well as through hands-on work placements and international study opportunities. With our flexible programmes, you are in control and can choose a route that suits your own interests and career aspirations. The Business School is one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

BSc (Hons) Accounting (the KPMG Audit School and College Leaver Programme)

Apply direct through KPMG for this programme. BSc route 4 yrs, Professional accounting qualification 6 yrs. For further information and entry requirements refer to www.kpmgcareers.co.uk

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS OFFER CODE

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

3 AAB QC NN43

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Business Placement

4 AAB QC N302

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Study Abroad

4 AAB QC N304

BA (Hons) Accounting and Management

3 AAB QC NN42

BA (Hons) Accounting and Management

4 AAB QC N204

with Business Placement

BA (Hons) Accounting and Management

4 AAB QC N206

with Study Abroad

BA (Hons) Business and Management

3 AAB QC N201

BA (Hons) Business and Management

4 AAB QC N203

with Business Placement

BA (Hons) Business and Management with Study Abroad

Employment Previous undergraduates have progressed to work for global innovators and leaders in their sector such as:

4 AAB QC N207


050

CHEMISTRY FACTS RANKING Ranked 1st in the UK for World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 96% of our Chemistry students said that they felt intellectually stimulated in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 90%). 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 2118 E:  chemistry.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/chemistry/undergraduate EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 116

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH The Department has a long tradition of interdisciplinary chemistry research which covers a wide scientific spectrum from the development of chemical tests for cancer through to the theory and computational study of molecular interactions. Dissertations and research projects are aligned with our research groupings and you will study how societally and technologically important substances from functional surfaces as used in water-repellent smartphones to graphene are designed and made.


051

Chemistry

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Synthesise your future with an introduction to the key elements of this dynamic and fundamental science. We are among the very best chemistry departments in Britain, consistently ranking highly in a number of key league tables, and you will be taught by internationally renowned academics with a wide range of expertise. You will be provided with a solid underpinning of key theoretical and practical knowledge before progressing to more specialised material, according to your interests, in later years. Our degrees cover the latest developments in polymer science, structural and materials chemistry, bioactive chemistry, medicinal and biological chemistry, catalysis, nanochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, synthetic methods, theoretical and computational chemistry, giving you relevant and cutting-edge knowledge, supported by detailed scientific understanding. You will also gain advanced practical skills through modern spacious laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment, and develop a wide range of transferable skills, making you one of the most employable chemistry graduates around.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

MChem (Hons) Chemistry

4

A*AA

DC F105

MChem/Ind (Hons) Chemistry

4

A*AA

DC F111

4

A*AA DC F102

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

3

A*AA

MSci (Hons) Joint Honours

4

Page 91 DC FGC0

3

Page 91 DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC F103

(with Industrial Project)

MChem/Int (Hons) Chemistry (with Overseas Project)

DC F100

(Chemistry and Biology; Chemistry and Mathematics; Chemistry and Physics)

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours (Chemistry and Biology; Chemistry and Earth Sciences; Chemistry and Mathematics; Chemistry and Physics)

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


052

CLASSICS AND ANCIENT HISTORY FACTS

Learn ancient languages

RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

A central feature of our programmes is the opportunity to study the Greek and Latin languages, either to embark on them from the beginning or to continue on from what you have already learnt.

94% of our Classics and Ancient History students were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 91%). 4th in The Complete University Guide 2015. 5th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1670 E:  classics.dept@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/classics/undergraduate EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 76


053

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

Classics and Ancient History DEGREES

Study the Greek and Roman world at one of the largest and most vibrant Classics departments in the UK. Our academic staff work in a truly interdisciplinary way and specialise in a wide range of artistic, historical, literary, linguistic, cultural and philosophical aspects of the Graeco-Roman world. We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics departments in the UK. We offer a wide variety of modules: ancient Greek and Latin for every level of ability, surveys of the main periods and themes of Greek and Roman history, and teaching in all aspects of Classical culture, including philosophy, art, and literature in translation. We have three Single Honours courses, with a common first year intended to emphasise the unity of the subject. Each of these degrees has a different emphasis, depending on which area you prefer to put at the centre of your degree: ancient languages, ancient history, or ancient culture.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Classics

3

AAA

DC Q801

BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation

3

AAA

DC Q820

BA (Hons) Ancient History

3 AAA DC V110

BA (Hons) Ancient, Medieval and Modern History

3

A*AA

DC V101

BA (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology

3

Page 45

DC VF14

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC LA01

BA (Hons) Classics with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC Q805

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

Left: Department of Classics and Ancient History.


054

COMBINED HONOURS FACTS RANKING In the top 5 for Geography, Sociology, Archaeology, and Education, and in the top 10 for Politics, Anthropology, Business and Management Studies, and Economics (The Complete University Guide 2015). In the top 25 globally for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2014). In the top 50 globally for international outlook (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014). CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1016 E: combined.honours@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/combined.honours EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 105

UNRIVALLED FLEXIBILITY Subjects in the Social Sciences currently available are: • Anthropology • Archaeology • Business • Criminology • Economics • Education • Geography • Politics and International Relations • Sociology • Sport. The study of these subjects can also be combined with the study of subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities such as History, Philosophy, English and/or Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and/or Spanish).

“I’m studying Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, and Economics, and I’m writing a dissertation comparing the political and economic rise of China with the rise of Japan in the post-war period. The flexibility of the Combined Social Sciences programme has enabled me to study modules which I would not otherwise have studied, and given me the opportunity to develop my academic experience in ways which reflect my particular interests. The freedom to design my undergraduate studies has made me a more independent student, and helped to prepare me for a postgraduate degree in International Relations and for my future career.” Charlie Appleton, Combined Honours student.


055

Combined Honours in Social Sciences

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Design your own bespoke degree in our flexible programme. Combined Honours in Social Sciences provides unrivalled flexibility and choice across Durham University’s breadth of world renowned researchled education, allowing you to create a bespoke, academically ambitious degree programme suited to your individual interests, strengths and career plans.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

A*AA

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

4

Page 73

DC

LV00

with Foundation

See also Liberal Arts (page 80) and Natural Sciences (page 90).

Our Combined Honours programme enables you to choose modules from two, three or even four subjects, enabling you to develop your expertise or to explore new interests. The programme provides a flexible, multidisciplinary framework with the opportunity to spend a year abroad, preparing you for your career ambitions.

Employability Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

Within Combined Honours, you can also follow our exciting Human Sciences pathway*, combining key modules from Anthropology, Biology, Geography and other Social/Natural Sciences to provide a comprehensive scientific understanding of what it means to be human. (*subject to approval)

“Studying Education, Politics, and Sociology in the Combined Social Sciences programme has enabled me to freely pursue my interests, and my studies have been shaped by my passions. I’m now focusing on Education and Politics, and after completing internships in national policy offices back home in Thailand last summer, I’m writing a dissertation on the influence of PISA, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Programme for International Student Assessment, on education in Thailand. The programme has given me a unique opportunity to explore issues which I plan to pursue in my postgraduate studies in educational policy, and to reflect on the processes of change to which I hope to contribute in future years.” Joyce Uerpairojkit, Combined Honours student.


056

COMPUTER SCIENCE FACTS RANKING 89% of our Computer Science students said they found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 82%). 92.7% of our Computer Science graduates secured employment within six months of graduating (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015). 5th in The Complete University Guide 2015 CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1751 E:  ecs.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/ecs EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 56

Internationally recognised research Durham Computer Science has internationally recognised research groups in theoretical computer science which explore the mathematical analysis of algorithms and the limits of computing, and the Innovative Computing group who explore computer vision, robotics, bio-informatics and high performance computing. All this research gives our undergraduates a much sought after rigorous, analytical and applied approach with the opportunity to study cutting-edge concepts taught by leading experts in the field.


057

Computer Science

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

The most significant developments in our society over recent decades have come through amazing innovations in technology and the intelligent algorithms that run those technologies. Our graduates are empowered to lead this process of change in the decades to come. Durham University offers Computer Science courses that are exciting, challenging and technologically relevant, covering topics from the foundations of how computers work and how to efficiently manipulate data, up to the state-of-the-art such as systems for image analysis, object tracking and DNA analysis or the mathematical exploration of the limits of computing. There is continuing demand for high-quality Computer Science graduates and our graduates embark on careers across a wide spectrum of companies and around the world. We have strong links with industrial partners and our Software Development for Business degree offers you the opportunity to spend a year on placement in industry, applying the skills you have learned and gaining the kind of experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. Recent graduates from our degrees have gone on to work as entrepreneurs, founding their own start-ups, or working in leading software companies, high technology consultancies, the civil service, GCHQ, banking and finance, retail, engineering, the communications and IT industry, and postgraduate research.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

MEng (Hons) Computer Science

4

A*AA

DC G406

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

3

AAA

DC G400

BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business

4

AAA

DC G603

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC G402

(Computer Science and Mathematics; Computer Science and Physics; Computer Science and Business)

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


058

CRIMINOLOGY FACTS RANKING 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2015. 6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 6827 E: soccrim.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/sass/crim EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 52

INNOVATIVE TEACHING PRACTICE We have launched our first teaching programme for Criminology students jointly with Durham (pictured) and Frankland Prisons. Based on a model already operating in the United States, this programme is the first of its kind in the UK and continues Durham’s long tradition of innovative criminological research-led teaching.


059

Criminology

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Criminology

3 AAB DC L370

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3

Page 55

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Criminology 4 Page 73 DC L372 with Foundation

Exploring crime, deviance and criminal justice as social issues. Criminology involves considering urgent and important questions such as ‘What should count as a crime?’, and ‘How should those convicted of crimes be punished?’. You will study crime, deviance and criminal justice in relation to wider society and focus on both national and international topics. There is a strong emphasis on contemporary issues, such as the modern criminal justice system, crimes of the powerful and cybercrime, as well as on providing you with an understanding of theories of crime and justice.

Studying at Durham University enables you to work with recognised international and national experts within specific fields of criminology. You will acquire a wide range of transferable skills that are crucial for broader personal and professional development, including the capacity to assemble and evaluate evidence, to think quickly, write efficiently and to construct persuasive arguments. Criminology is strongly engaged with the real world. Criminologists contribute to shaping the knowledge and practice of criminal justice agencies and relevant voluntary organisations, as well as to criminal justice policy.

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


060

EARTH SCIENCES FACTS

Links to industry

RANKING Ranked joint 7th in the UK for World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

We have strong links with the petroleum and associated energy industry and we conduct fundamental research on the search for, and production of, petroleum. We use much of this research output in teaching and we have also developed a module which forges a direct link between research in petroleum geoscience and entrepreneurship – called the Oil Game (pictured below). Although based on our research, the Oil Game directly addresses real world companies’ aspirations and students with this kind of experience are in great demand by industry.

96% of our Earth Sciences students said that they felt our staff were good at explaining things in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 92%). 4th in The Complete University Guide 2015. 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 2198 E: earth.sciences@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/earth.sciences EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 84


061

Earth Sciences

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

A multidisciplinary subject, which examines our planet from the surface to the core. Earth Sciences draws upon elements of chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology and physical geography. You will study the past in order to understand the present and possibly to predict aspects of the future. You will look at climate change, the formation of the oceans, the death of the dinosaurs, the nature of rocks and minerals, the structure and chemistry of the Earth and Earth surface processes. Indeed, the subject embraces the entire planet from the surface to the core. Earth Sciences also contributes to our understanding of other planets and moons in our solar system. The Department is very proud of its high-quality teaching underpinned by internationally recognised research. We are based in a modern purpose-built building with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research. We pride ourselves on producing graduates who are eminently employable in a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

MSci (Hons) Earth Sciences

4

AAA

DC F644

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geoscience

3

AAB

DC F630

BSc (Hons) Geology

3 AAB DC F600

BSc (Hons) Geophysics with Geology

3

AAB

DC F662

BSc (Hons) Geoscience

3

AAB

DC F643

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Geology with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC F602

(Earth Sciences and Archaeology; Earth Sciences and Biology; Earth Sciences and Chemistry; Earth Sciences and Geography; Earth Sciences and Mathematics)

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


062

ECONOMICS FACTS RANKING 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2015. In the top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 6340 E: economics.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/business/programmes/ undergraduate/economics EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 164

Influential minds Professor John Addison (pictured above) is the author of a number of labour economics texts and has published widely in major economics journals such as the Economic Journal and the American Economic Review. His research interests include minimum wages and the erosion of collective bargaining in Germany, both of which feature extensively in his teaching of Labour Economics to undergraduate students.

Recent Economics graduate Andrew Jobling won the Business category of The Undergraduate Awards 2014 for his paper BP in Russia: Analysis of the TNKBP Failure and will be published in The Undergraduate Awards Academic Journal.


063

Economics

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Economics is a multi-faceted discipline – let Durham University guide you to the top. Our Economics degrees will provide you with a solid grasp of economic theory, applied economics and statistical techniques. They are an ideal preparation for employment in all areas of graduate work and our qualifications are highly successful in creating job opportunities. As an internationally renowned researchled business school and one of the longest established in the UK, employers worldwide recognise Durham University Business School as one of the most pioneering schools. The School is also one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). This achievement is a testament to the quality of the School and provides the extra assurance that Durham University Business School and its programmes have been rigorously tested and proven to be of the high-quality demanded by today’s professionals.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Economics

3

A*AA

DC L100

BA (Hons) Economics with Study Abroad

4

A*AA

DC L109

BA (Hons) Economics with Business Placement

4

A*AA

DC L106

BA (Hons) Economics with Management

3

A*AA

DC L103

BA (Hons) Economics with Management

4

A*AA

DC L105

4

A*AA

DC L104

BA (Hons) Economics with French

4

A*AA DC L1R1

BA (Hons) Economics and Politics

3

A*AA DC LL12

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

3

Page 97

DC

VL52

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC

CFG0

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC

LMV0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC

CFG0

with Study Abroad

BA (Hons) Economics with Management with Business Placement

(Economics and Mathematics; Economics and Psychology)

4 Page 73 DC L101 BA (Hons) Economics with Foundation

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

Durham University Business School is accredited by:


064

EDUCATION FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 100% of our Education students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey three times in the last five years. 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 5th in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 0180 E: ed.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/education EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 48

WORLD RENOWNED ACADEMICS Our Education lecturers are engaged in world-leading research and their modules are designed with this in mind. For example, we have scholars who study literature to understand educational identity and ones who ask whether happiness can and should be an educational goal; we have specialists in educational disadvantage who are also government advisors, and award-winning academics, such as Dr Anthony Parton (pictured above) who is well-recognised in the field of art history and education studies.


065

Education

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

If you have an interest in education and learning – if you want to study a rigorous, relevant, academic discipline that will lead to a career in the public or private sector – including business, commerce, charitable work, social and health care, or progress to social and educational research, then this could be the degree for you. This is a multidisciplinary programme in which you will study how people learn, think about the contexts that help people to learn, and examine issues such as educational disadvantage, how education policy is made, and whether people and schools can be made more creative. You will have a strong interest in continuing one of your A-level subjects, but you will also want to broaden your knowledge to include a new and stimulating field of study. You will have an intellectual curiosity, and a desire to explore areas including philosophy, psychology, sociology and politics along with the ability to reflect on your own educational experience, and to relate this to the theoretical questions you will meet throughout the programme.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Education Studies – English Studies

3

AAA

DC X1Q3

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Geography

3

AAA

DC X1F8

BA (Hons) Education Studies – History

3 AAA DC X1V1

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Music

3

AAA

DC X1W3

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Philosophy

3 AAA

DC XV35

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Psychology

3

AAA

DC X1C8

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Sociology

3

AAA

DC XL33

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Theology

3

AAA

DC XV36

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Education Studies with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC X301

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no. 235825.


066

EDUCATION (PRIMARY) FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 92% of our Education (Primary) students were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 88%). Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2013. 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 5th in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 0180 E: ed.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/education/undergraduate EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Queen’s Campus 82

An outstanding provider We are a celebrated provider, receiving an ‘Outstanding’ grading in 2013 for all aspects of our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provision by Ofsted. This is an exceptional result and reflects the excellence of the quality of our partnerships, training and teaching.


067

Education (Primary)

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES BA (Hons) Primary Education

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE 3 ABB QC X101

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS 4 Page 73 DC X120 with Foundation

Play a part in teaching future generations. Primary school teachers play a central role in helping young children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects and experiences.

Primary teachers, therefore, need a breadth of understanding across several subject disciplines as well as a clearly defined curriculum specialism. Right from the beginning you will be placed in a primary school which enables you to put into practice what you learn. By studying for this degree you will, therefore, be able to work towards both an academic qualification and a professional qualification, which is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Employment Most Durham graduates go on to careers in primary schools, but the nature of the degree offers progression into other careers such as retail and financial services. Graduates with several years’ teaching experience are also recruited into school management positions such as Deputy and Head teachers.

Employment


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ENGINEERING FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1751 E: ecs.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/ecs EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 150

Cutting-edge facilities Undergraduate students gain access to the School’s extensive and diverse research facilities and expertise during their final year projects. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabrication techniques in the 200m2 class 1000 Cleanroom, have been tested and characterised in the School’s Wind Tunnel facilities. Right: School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Below: Cleanroom.


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Engineering

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES MEng (Hons) General Engineering

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE 4

A*AA DC H100

(Aeronautics, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering New and Renewable Energy)

BEng (Hons) General Engineering

3 AAA

DC H103

4

DC H104

(Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering Mechanical Engineering)

BEng (Hons) Engineering with Foundation

Engineers are needed now more than ever. At Durham University we produce world-class engineers who are continually in high demand. Our modern engineers are capable of solving the problems of the twentyfirst century, bridging the traditional engineering disciplines; from fly-bywire aircraft to mechanical devices manufactured on a microchip. You will undertake a common two years which allows you to make an informed choice of specialism in your final year, whilst in your third year you can study at an overseas institution. Currently we have links with universities in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Denmark, Germany and France.

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

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Our Engineering degrees are accredited by the relevant engineering institutions (eg Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highways Engineers). You will be taught by expert staff who are all actively engaged in research at the frontiers of modern engineering analysis, design and practice. This excitement and knowledge is brought into the undergraduate course through design projects, the final year project and third and fourth year modules.


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ENGLISH STUDIES FACTS

Leaders in the field

RANKING Ranked joint 3rd in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research (REF 2014).

The Department’s leading role in interdisciplinary research on cross-cutting themes, such as Medical Humanities, Modern Conflicts, Cultures, States, and Poetry and Poetics, is reflected in our exciting range of special topic modules.

95% of our English Studies students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 89%). 1st in The Complete University Guide 2015. 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 2576 E: english.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/english.studies EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 132


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English Studies

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

From the Vikings to Shakespeare’s Kings; from ‘Beowulf’ to Virginia Woolf. You can read it all at Durham University. English Studies will appeal to people with a sensitivity to language, a love of reading and a sense of intellectual adventure. As poet Lawrence of Durham put it over 800 years ago, “Describing art in words itself takes art”. Not only does the Department of English Studies provide a thorough grounding in literary theory and the ‘great tradition’ of English literature – from Chaucer and Shakespeare through to plays, poems and novels written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – it also offers a wide range of imaginative and carefully designed modules. You will have the opportunity to study English-language literature in a variety of non-British contexts, including Ireland, Canada, Australia and the USA; and/or to study some of the languages used in Medieval England, such as Old Norse, Old French and Old English. English Studies is a very popular and highly regarded degree, and the linguistic, critical and analytical skills that it teaches are highly transferable.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) English Literature

3

A*AA

DC Q300

BA (Hons) English Literature and History

3

A*AA

DC QV21

BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy

3

A*AA DC QV35

BA (Hons) Education Studies – English Studies

3

Page 65

DC X1Q3

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC LA01

BA (Hons) English with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC Q301

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


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FOUNDATION CENTRE FACTS RANKING All of Durham’s subjects are ranked within the top 10 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2015). CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 0172 E: foundation.centre@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/foundation.centre For information on entry requirements please see www.durham.ac.uk/foundation.centre/dpp/entry

DEGREES

DC L700

BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation

4

DC F801

BSc (Hons) Geology with Foundation

4

DC F602

BSc (Hons) Health and Human Sciences

4

DC L691

4

DC V102

BA (Hons) Japanese Studies (with Year Abroad) 5

DC T203

BA (Hons) History with Foundation

Dr Sam Nolan (pictured above) has developed a nationally funded suite of ‘virtual experiments’, recreating laboratorybased experiments and enabling students to familiarise themselves with expensive kit before using it for real; greatly enhancing students’ confidence in practical science.

Please see www.durham.ac.uk/foundation.centre/dpp/entry for up-to-date entry requirement information

4

with Foundation

Innovations in study practice

UCAS

BA (Hons) Geography with Foundation

with Foundation

EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 106, Queen’s Campus 72

TYPICAL A-LEVEL

YEARS CAMPUS OFFER CODE

LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation

4

DC M102

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts with Foundation

4

DC LA00

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation

4

DC G107

BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation

4

QC N504

MBBS Medicine with Foundation

6

QC A191

BA (Hons) Music with Foundation

4

DC W301

MPharm Pharmacy with Foundation

5

QC B231

BA (Hons) Philosophy with Foundation

4

DC V501

BSc (Hons) Physics with Foundation

4

DC F302

BA (Hons) Politics with Foundation

4

DC L201

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

4

QC X120

4

QC C818

4

DC L301

with Foundation

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied) with Foundation

BA (Hons) Sociology with Foundation

BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity 4

DC C604

with Foundation

BA (Hons) Theology and Religion with Foundation 4

DC V612


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Foundation Centre

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Realising potential and delivering higher education without barriers.

Our students come to us from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds; many have had a long break from formal education. We help students to realise the skills and personal qualities they each possess and apply these in developing the academic knowledge they will need as they progress through their studies. Foundation Centre programmes are fully integrated with Durham University degree programmes, counting as Year 0 of a full undergraduate degree. Students will progress directly on to their degree at Durham once they have successfully completed their Foundation Year.

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QC N209

BSc (Hons) Anthropology with Foundation

4

DC L603

BA (Hons) Anthropology with Foundation

4

DC L608

BA (Hons) Archaeology with Foundation

4

BSc (Hons) Archaeology with Foundation

4

DC F403

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Foundation

4

DC C104

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Foundation

4

DC B902

BA (Hons) Business and Management

4

QC NN21

BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Foundation

4

DC F103

BA (Hons) Chinese Studies (with Year Abroad)

5

DC T103

4

DC Q805

with Foundation

with Foundation

with Foundation

BA (Hons) Classics with Foundation

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences 4

Employment Students successfully completing a Foundation Year course will progress directly to their chosen degree programme at Durham University. Our graduates enter a wide range of occupational areas both in the public and private sector, including science, teaching, business and finance. Durham University has an excellent graduate employment record, and the skills acquired here serve as a valuable preparation for life after university. All students are requested to contact the Foundation Centre for an Information, Advice and Guidance discussion before applying.

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

Please see www.durham.ac.uk/foundation.centre/dpp/entry for up-to-date entry requirement information

We offer specially tailored study programmes to prepare students for degree level study, specialising in helping mature learners return to education and preparing EU and international students who are unable to study to a sufficient level in their own country for direct entry. We can also support students who are changing between academic fields.

BA (Hons) Accounting and Management

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

with Foundation

DC V400

DC LV00

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation 4

DC G402

BA (Hons) Criminology with Foundation

4

DC L372

BA (Hons) Economics with Foundation

4

DC L101

BA (Hons) Education Studies with Foundation 4

DC X301

BEng (Hons) Engineering (General)

4

DC H104

BA (Hons) English with Foundation

4

DC Q301

BSc (Hons) Finance with Foundation

4

QC N308

MBBS Gateway to Medicine

6

QC A190

with Foundation


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GEOGRAPHY FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 3rd in the UK for World-class research (REF 2014). 96% of our Physical Geography students said they found staff were good at explaining things in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 93%). 90% of our Human Geography students said they found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 87%). 1st in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2015. 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2015. 4th in the world in the individual subject tables in the QS World University Rankings 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1883 E: geography.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/geography EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 226 Above right: Geography laboratories. Below: Students undertaking field work in Seaham.


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Geography

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Everyone is talking about the environment. This is the place to study it. Our Geography Department is one of the leading centres of geographical scholarship in the world. Drawing on a breadth of internationally recognised expertise we deliver two degree programmes, enabling you to study human activity and the physical environment as well as the interactions between the two. We teach and research across the discipline from Antarctica to Bangladesh, from spatial theory to flood modelling, and from GIS to health and wellbeing. We endeavour to enthuse and stimulate you from the seminar room to the field site, stretching you to realise your intellectual potential. Our aim is to sustain a world-class research, teaching and learning environment with top quality laboratories and IT facilities in a supportive and collegiate atmosphere. As a result of this our graduates are eminently employable.

PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE We provide the opportunity for you to gain valuable practical experience and put the theory you have learnt into practice on Geography fieldtrips. Our students have visited Iceland, Switzerland and California, Berlin, Cape Town and Jerusalem.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Geography

3

A*AA

DC L702

BSc (Hons) Geography

3

AAA

DC F800

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Geography

3

Page 65

DC X1F8

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Geography with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC L700

BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC F801

(Geography and Biology; Geography and Earth Sciences; Geography and Mathematics; Geography and Psychology)

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


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HISTORY FACTS

A culture of research

RANKING 99% of our History students were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 91%).

We believe that students should be part of our research culture through research-led education. For example, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (pictured), a distinguished writer on public history, works with students to explore the ways in which both the past and knowledge about the past are represented for diverse audiences, encouraging students to develop an understanding of what is meant by ‘history’, its complexities, strengths and limitations.

1st in The Complete University Guide 2015. 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1040 E: admissions.history@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/history EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 162


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History

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

DEGREES

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) History

3

A*AA

DC V100

BA (Hons) Ancient, Medieval and Modern History

3

Page 53

DC V101

BA (Hons) English Literature and History

3

Page 71

DC QV21

BA (Hons) Modern European Languages and History

4

Page 87

DC RV92

BA (Hons) Education Studies – History

3

Page 65

DC X1V1

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC LA01

Page 73

DC V102

with Year Abroad

BA (Hons) History with Foundation

Durham – an excellent History Department in a unique historical location. Durham University has one of the most highly regarded history departments in the UK and our students love being here. This reputation is the product of the quality and commitment of our staff, and the breadth of our teaching, which reflects the research interests of a department with an international outlook.

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We offer modules covering periods from the middle ages to the present and many different parts of the world: Chinese, African and US history are all taught at Durham University, alongside British and other European history. Our degree courses reflect the rich variety of modern historical writing, including cultural, media and gender history as well as political, social and economic history. We are proud to attract so many bright and articulate students; our students achieve excellent results, and proceed to successful careers in both private and public sectors.

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


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LAW FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research and research impact (REF 2014). 95% of our Law students found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 90%). 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 2856 E: law.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/law EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 210

RESEARCH EMBEDDED TEACHING Our students are taught by academics who are also cutting-edge researchers across a wide range of legal fields. Our goal is to impart our knowledge and skills and embed research throughout our teaching. For example, our Legal Frontiers module, taught by Professor Thom Brookes (pictured above) explores the social foundations of legal change and effective public advocacy and is built around four current issues being researched within the Law School, providing a unique opportunity for students to become more engaged with our research culture and offering an excellent insight into the process of legal change.


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Law

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

LLB (Hons) Law

3 or 4

A*AA

DC M101

LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC M102

Durham Law School is consistently rated as one of the top research-driven law schools in the UK.

and academic rigour of all our degrees is widely renowned: the School produces graduates of exceptional quality who are highly sought after by both legal and nonlegal employers across the globe.

Housed in a state-of-the-art multimillion pound development, the Law School offers you outstanding facilities including workrooms, a Moot Court and a Pro Bono Room. The intellectual content

On arriving at Durham, you will be given a warm welcome and you will quickly become part of a vibrant and diverse intellectual community.

Employment Many of our graduates go on to successful careers in the legal profession, working for high-profile companies such as:

Above: Durham Law School


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LIBERAL ARTS FACTS RANKING 1st for English Literature, History, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, and Theology and Religious Studies in The Complete University Guide 2015. In the top 5 for all subjects in the Arts and Humanities, and in the top 10 for all subjects in the Social Sciences, in The Complete University Guide 2015. In the top 25 globally for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2014). In the top 40 globally for Arts and Humanities (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014). In the top 50 globally for international outlook (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014). CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1016 E: liberal.arts@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/liberal.arts EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 83

DESIGN YOUR OWN DEGREE In Liberal Arts, it is possible to study all subjects in the Arts and Humanities, most subjects in the Social Sciences, and even two subjects, Maths and Psychology, in the Sciences. Some students choose to combine subjects which are often studied together, such as English Literature and French, and History and Politics – but it is also possible to build a programme of study around more unusual combinations of subjects, such as Music and Sociology, Philosophy and Geography, and Theology and Anthropology.

“I’m studying English Literature, Music, and Philosophy, and I’m writing a dissertation in which I explore how the postmodern fragmentation of language contributes to the representation of women’s identity, sexuality, and social status in feminist fiction of the 1980s. The programme is highly flexible, and offers both breadth and depth, in that it enables students to follow their interests across subject areas while providing the opportunity for greater specialisation within each subject. My programme of study reflects who I am, as an individual, and challenges me to think critically beyond traditional boundaries. Through the programme, I have acquired the knowledge and skills which have laid the foundation for my postgraduate studies, in modern and contemporary literature, and for a future career in education or arts management.” Alicia Chong (Singapore) Below: South Bailey Bottom: Abbey House


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Liberal Arts

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

DEGREES

Liberal Arts offers you the opportunity to design your own programme of study. You can study two, three, or even four subjects, in and beyond the Arts and Humanities, selecting and combining modules in ways which reflect your particular interests and aspirations. Liberal Arts (formerly Combined Honours in Arts) is a flexible degree framework for students who wish to specialise in two or more principal subjects. It offers those interested in making creative connections between their subjects the opportunity to study in some of the UK’s most highly ranked departments in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students initially enrol in the standard three-year programme, but many subsequently transfer to the four-year version of the programme, in order to study or work abroad in their third year.

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

A*AA

DC LA01

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC LA00

Subjects studied may include: • Anthropology

• Economics

• Italian

• Psychology

• Arabic

• Education

• Japanese

• Russian

• English Literature

• Mathematics

• French

• Business

• Music

• Geography

• Philosophy

• Chinese

• German

• Classics and Ancient History

• History

• Politics and International Relations

• Archaeology

• History of Art

• Sociology • Spanish • Sport • Theology and Religious Studies

See also Combined Honours in Social Sciences (page 54) and Natural Sciences (page 90).

Employment Graduates of multidisciplinary programmes are valued by employers for the range of their intellectual skills, their adaptability, their creativity, and their independence of mind, and our graduates have gone on to work for many high-profile employers in the UK and internationally, including the following:

“I major in History and Spanish, although I have also taken modules in Philosophy, Sociology, and Business, and I’m writing my dissertation on the representation of the politics of aid in the Ethiopian famine of 1984–85. I spent my third year in Spain, working in Madrid and Barcelona, and I have completed several internships with major companies, in the UK and Hong Kong, in preparation for my future career in management consulting. Every person is unique, and so is the programme of study undertaken by each and every student who is taking this programme. The wide range of my interests in reflected in my programme of study, which shows everyone else, including employers, what makes me different, and how I stand out from the crowd.” Jennifer Chan (Hong Kong)


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MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES FACTS

High-profile lectures

RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

We are proud to host the Collingwood Lecture, in memory of Sir Edward Collingwood, a respected research mathematician and scientist and after whom Collingwood College is named. These annual lectures are given by mathematicians of international renown. Recent distinguished lecturers have included Fields medalists and Nobel prize winners such as Professor Peter Higgs (pictured left), who is a Durham Honorary graduate.

93% of our Mathematical Sciences students found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 89%). 5th in The Complete University Guide 2015. 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 3103 E: maths.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/mathematical. sciences/undergraduate EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 150

Below: Mathematical Sciences Department, Durham City.


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For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

Mathematical Sciences TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

DEGREES

Stimulating, flexible and intellectually satisfying degrees. Whether you are looking for a Single Honours degree, or wish to combine Mathematics with other subjects, Durham University offers a unique blend of high-quality teaching and research along with excellent facilities and a stimulating environment for your studies. Whichever degree you choose you will benefit from research-led education by experts in a wide variety of fields across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and probability. We frequently revisit and modernise our curriculum, so that you benefit from the most cutting-edge and relevant teaching, enabling you to develop the mathematical knowledge and skills needed for further study or to gain employment in a wide range of sectors.

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

3

A*AA

DC G100

4

A*AA

DC G104

MMath (Hons) Master of Mathematics

4

A*AA DC G103

MMath (Hons) Master of Mathematics with European Studies

4

A*AA DC G101

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC G107

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with European Studies

(Mathematics and Biology; Mathematics and Chemistry; Mathematics and Computer Science; Mathematics and Earth Sciences; Mathematics and Economics; Mathematics and Geography; Mathematics and Philosophy; Mathematics and Physics; Mathematics and Psychology)

MSci (Hons) Joint Honours (Mathematics and Physics; Mathematics and Chemistry)

Employment Previous undergraduates have progressed to work for numerous academic institutions and leaders in their sectors such as:


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MEDICINE FACTS RANKING Durham University is in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings 2015 and is in the top 25 globally for employer reputation. 93% of students at the end of year 2 said they found medicine an enjoyable learning experience. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 0353 E:  medicine.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/school.health/ phase1.medicine @MedAdDurham EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Queen’s Campus 99

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE The community placement is at the heart of medicine at Durham. This scheme enables you to work with a local ‘third sector’ organisation over the course of a year. “The outstanding Community Placement programme enhanced my learning experience and played a key role in developing my communication skills and confidence, contributing towards my clinical placements. The high-quality programme allowed us to collaborate with community services and understand the importance of working with external agencies and see the implementation of the biopsychosocial model and the real-life implications this has on our local community and patients.” Charan Thandi, Medical student (pictured far right).


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Medicine

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

MBBS Medicine

5 AAA QC

MBBS Gateway to Medicine

6

Page 73

Apply to Newcastle University A100 and select Campus Option D

QC A190

6 Page 73 QC A191 MBBS Medicine with Foundation

Medicine at Durham University is an exciting partnership with Newcastle University, the North East NHS and you. The two-year Phase I undergraduate medicine programme runs in parallel with Phase I at Newcastle University. At the end of Phase I, Durham University students join with Newcastle students to study in hospitals across the North East and Cumbria. Both Phase I programmes are delivered to the same extremely high standard.

Our staff have international reputations and engage in high-quality medical education research which aims to improve the learning experience for our students. We use a variety of traditional and innovative teaching methods in clinical skills, for example, use of body painting, modern imaging techniques and ultrasound. As well as our research-led teaching our strengths include: early patient contact, small cohort size, friendly supportive staff and the modern and well-equipped facilities of Queen’s Campus.

Employment After graduating from MBBS Medicine you will be able to register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and receive a licence to practise. You will then go on to complete a two year Foundation programme, and upon successful completion, you should gain full registration with the GMC, before selecting your speciality of choice which can be completed in hospitals or as a GP.


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MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES FACTS

A year studying abroad

RANKING 95% of our Modern Languages and Cultures students were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 87%).

“I spent my study abroad year studying at Heidelberg University in Germany and teaching English in a French secondary school in Perpignan, both of which were amazing experiences.

1st for French, German and Iberian Languages in The Complete University Guide 2015.

Being abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in new cultures; my language skills have improved enormously and I’ve now got seven months teaching practice as well as volunteering experience on my CV.”

1st for Russian and East European Languages in The Complete University Guide 2015.

Claire Ewbank (pictured below), Modern Languages and Cultures student, visited France and Germany.

2nd for German and Iberian Languages in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 3rd for French, Italian, Russian and East European Languages in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 3441 E: mlac.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/mlac EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 225

HIGH PROFILE COLLABORATIONS Professor Andy Beresford (pictured above) is Director of Education in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. He is currently collaborating with Auckland Castle and the Bowes Museum on a guide to Spanish art in County Durham, and the paintings that he researches (pictured) are the focus of specialist classes in Hispanic Studies. Right: José Antolínez, Immaculate Conception.


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Modern Languages and Cultures

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Offering practical skills, intellectual flexibility and greater cultural appreciation, the study of modern languages helps us to understand our world. The School houses a diverse community of researchers, teachers and students, and offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese and Russian. Specialist language modules are complemented by an exciting range of optional modules that are cultural in emphasis, equipping you with an intercultural awareness and a wide range of skills that will make you highly employable. Through the study of literature, film, and other forms of cultural production, you will be able to engage with the underlying concepts and ideas that inform and underpin questions of cultural identity, whilst being able to experience the country of your studies on a year living and working abroad.

BA (Hons) Modern Languages and Cultures

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

4

AAA

DC R002

4

AAA

DC

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

with Year Abroad

BA (Hons) Modern European Languages and History

RV92

with Year Abroad

BA (Hons) Chinese Studies

4 AAB DC T102

with Year Abroad

BA (Hons) Japanese Studies

4 AAB DC T202

with Year Abroad

BA (Hons) Economics with French

4

Page 63

DC L1R1

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC LA01

BA (Hons) Chinese Studies (with Year Abroad)

5

Page 73

DC T103

5

Page 73

DC

with Foundation

BA (Hons) Japanese Studies (with Year Abroad) with Foundation

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

T203


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MUSIC FACTS

Collaborative working

RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

The acquisition of the Archive of Sir John Stainer in 2010 not only bolstered a major interest in church music within the Music Department, but it intensified an already-existing passion amongst students of music and other disciplines for choral singing, encouraged by the University’s rich collegiate tradition and leading to an important CD recording in which all the choirs of the University participated. This collaboration symbolised the way in which staff and students come together to share study and research.

93% of students said that staff were enthusiastic about what they are teaching in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector average 90%). 5th in the Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 3140 E: music.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/music EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 59


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Music

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Music

3

AAB

DC W300

BA (Hons) Music and Philosophy

3

AAB

DC WV53

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Music

3

Page 65

DC X1W3

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC LA01

BA (Hons) Music with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC W301

When you join us you will develop your creative, practical and critical skills in a unique and beautiful location.

We will not only provide you with an extensive knowledge of various musical repertories, we will also help you to develop critical skills which are valued by a wide range of employers.

Music at Durham University covers everything from the music of the great composers to contemporary music and Indian ragas, studied from the perspectives of history, theory, aesthetics and ethnography as well as through composition and performance. Our BA combines a focus on core skills with the chance to choose between diverse specialisms in the second and third years.

Durham University is one of the leading centres for music studies in Britain. All of our Department’s teaching is delivered in a unique and beautiful location facing the Cathedral, while the University as a whole offers many and diverse opportunities for practical music making.

Employment Our graduates are talented and highly motivated musicians and researchers who have developed independent and creative thinking. They often proceed to further study; whether in a university department, conservatoire or elsewhere; or have started careers as academics and performers as well as in other fields including journalism and broadcasting, acting, the clergy, arts administration, teaching, business and sports.

Above left: Concert in Durham Cathedral. Left: Music Department, Durham City. Right: Studio facilities.


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NATURAL SCIENCES FACTS RANKING Durham University is in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings 2015 and globally in the top 25 for employer reputation. All of Durham University’s subjects are ranked in the UK’s top 10 in the Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 1014 E: natural.sciences@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/natural.sciences EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 226

Right: Students undertaking fieldwork in Whitburn.

Dynamic graduates: Dr Paul Hawkins Our most famous graduate is Dr Paul Hawkins who developed the innovative and worldleading ball tracking sports technology ‘Hawk-Eye’.


091

Natural Sciences

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

DEGREES

Follow your own path with this most adaptable and versatile of degrees. Natural Sciences is a long-standing degree at Durham which is challenging and rewarding. It may be defined as a degree programme where science students who are not Single Honours students study. This encompasses Joint Honours degrees whilst also offering you the opportunity of designing your own BSc or MSci programme of study in science.

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

A*AA

DC CFG0

MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences

4 A*AA

DC FGC0

See also Combined Honours in Social Sciences (page 54) and Liberal Arts (page 80).

COMBINATIONS AVAILABLE AS BSC JOINT HONOURS DEGREES IN A AND B

Natural Sciences offer you over 20 Joint Honours degree programmes, many of which are accredited, so that by graduation you will have interdisciplinary training regardless of your route of study. Our educational ethos is research-led with over 20 departments offering modules which are taught by leaders in their field.

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:

An - Anthropology

CS - Computer Science

Ph - Philosophy

Ar - Archaeology

ES - Earth Sciences

Py - Physics

Bi - Biology

Ec - Economics

Ps - Psychology

Bs - Business

Gg - Geography

Ch - Chemistry

Ma - Mathematics


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PHARMACY FACTS RANKING Durham University is in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings 2015 and globally in the top 25 for employer reputation. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 0420 E: pharmacy.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/school.health/ ug.pharmacy EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Queen’s Campus 99

AN INTEGRATED AND REFLECTIVE APPROACH One of the unique aspects of our MPharm programme is the way in which we provide an integrated, research-led educational experience. Integration supports a reflective approach to the subject as a whole and ensures that our graduates are confident and capable of systematic enquiry and application of their knowledge and skills to provide answers to complex problems rather than more traditional linear styles of learning.


093

Pharmacy

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES MPharm Pharmacy

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE 4 AAB QC B230

5 Page 73 QC B231 MPharm Pharmacy with Foundation

Our innovative Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme provides the skills and knowledge required for you to embark on a successful career in pharmacy. The MPharm course is for undergraduates looking to enter the pharmacy profession. The course employs a state-of-the-art, research-led curriculum to ensure that graduates are prepared for the demands of the profession in all sectors.

We will introduce you to pharmacy practice within the community, hospital and industry as well as many of the specialised areas within which pharmacists work. Taught by leading academics and taking advantage of high-quality teaching facilities, you will be provided with every opportunity to make a contribution to the wider community.

Employment Graduates from this programme should be able to gain employment across a range of healthcare providers around the region and nationally including hospitals, community pharmacies, nursing homes, GP surgeries and other healthcare settings where pharmacy plays a significant role, such as prisons and hospices as well as working in the private sector for high-profile pharmaceutical companies.


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PHILOSOPHY FACTS RANKING 94% of our Philosophy students said they found the course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 92%). 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2015. 5th in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 6550 E: philosophy.department@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/philosophy EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 54

Learn from internationally renowned philosophers We hold our weekly research seminars and Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures, featuring internationally known philosophers such as John Skorupski, Peter Lamarque and Amie Thomasson, which illustrate the research-led nature of our teaching, and its wide-ranging, eclectic qualities. The student philosophy society also regularly attracts visits from well-known philosophers such as Simon Blackburn (pictured) and Mary Midgley.


095

Philosophy

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

This most ancient yet compelling intellectual discipline is fundamental to our understanding of what it is to be human. Philosophy studies profound and important questions that arise in all areas of human life. At Durham University, we offer a distinctive, research-led Philosophy curriculum, incorporating considerable levels of variety and choice. Whatever you choose, you will be taught by internationally renowned experts in the field. We are one of the UK’s top philosophy departments. The exceptionally highquality education you receive here will equip you with critical abilities that can be put to use in all sorts of ways and which are prized by employers.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Philosophy

3

AAA

DC

V500

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics

3

AAA

DC LV25

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Psychology

3

AAA

DC CV85

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Theology

3

AAA

DC VV56

BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy

3

Page 71

DC QV35

BA (Hons) Music and Philosophy

3

Page 89

DC WV53

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

3

Page 97

DC VL52

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Philosophy

3

Page 65

DC XV35

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC

LA01

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC

CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC

CFG0

BA (Hons) Philosophy with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC

V501

(Philosophy and Mathematics; Philosophy and Physics)

Employment Our graduates proceed to higher-degree study and an academic career; or enter a wide range of professions including the law and civil service, management, public relations, teaching, marketing, retail and financial services.


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PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS (PPE) FACTS RANKING Durham University is in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings 2014 and globally in the top 25 for employer reputation. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 6340 E: economics.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/ppe EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 76

Flexible and varied “If I were to single out one great thing about the PPE programme at Durham University, it would definitely be the flexibility that you have when it comes to choosing your modules. It is very easy to focus more on one subject, as I eventually did, but it’s just as simple to study all three subjects for the three whole years. The range of topics that you can choose from in each subject is astounding and I often found myself unable to pick between different modules that all seemed equally interesting!” Alexis Grigorieff, PPE graduate 2012.


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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else.� John Maynard Keynes, British Economist (1936).

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE 3

A*AA

DC VL52

The PPE degree is a Joint Honours degree, providing an exciting possibility of exploring philosophy, politics and economics in all their connections and depth. At Durham University all three subjects must be studied to the end of the degree although a certain level of specialisation can be achieved in any one of the three, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations. You can extend your PPE degree to four years by doing a study abroad or work placement in the third year.

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


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PHYSICS FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 93% of our Physics students said they felt the course was intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014. 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2015. 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 3726 E:  physics.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/physics EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 172

Below: Professor Carlos Frenk. Holder of the Royal Astronomical Society’s Gold Medal for Astronomy.

Leading centre for space science research Durham University was named Europe’s leading centre for space science research. The Thomson-Reuters list of The world’s most influential scientific minds 2014 saw Durham ranked sixth in the world for the influence of its space science researchers. We were the only UK university to feature in the world top 10, ranking above prestigious institutions such as NASA. The ranking also reflects our broad range of space science research including the search for dark matter in the universe, fundamental cosmology and the evolution of galaxies and black holes.


099

Physics

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

Physics is central to our understanding of natural phenomena, from the smallest length scales probed in elementary particle accelerators to the grandest structures of the universe. Physics has also enhanced our lives by underpinning inventions such as mobile communications, the internet, solar cells and medical scanners. At Durham University you can learn about the Big Bang, black holes, the Higgs boson, high temperature superconductors, lasers, coldatom Bose-Einstein condensates, biophysics and much more, from leading researchers in the field. You will have excellent opportunities to study abroad and you will develop a wide range of skills of lasting value in whatever career you choose.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BSc (Hons) Physics

3

A*A*A

DC F300

MPhys (Hons) Physics

4

A*A*A

DC F301

MPhys (Hons) Physics and Astronomy

4

A*A*A DC FF3N

MPhys (Hons) Theoretical Physics

4

A*A*A

DC F344

MSci (Hons) Joint Honours

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

(Physics and Biology; Physics and Chemistry; Physics and Mathematics)

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences

4

Page 91

DC FGC0

BSc (Hons) Physics with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC F302

(Physics and Biology; Physics and Chemistry; Physics and Computer Sciences; Physics and Mathematics; Physics and Philosophy)

Employment Our graduates are highly valued by employers and progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors. Examples of high-profile employers include:


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POLITICS FACTS RANKING Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 6th in The Complete University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 5689 E: politics.department@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/sgia EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 100

OUTSTANDING GUEST SPEAKERS We regularly host outstanding guest speakers of international significance. For example, we collaborated with the Durham Global Security Institute and The School of Politics and International Affairs at Leeds University to host a debate between former UK Ambassador to Libya and Iraq, Sir Richard Dalton (pictured), and the former head of Mossad and Israeli Ambassador, Efraim Halevy (pictured) on Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence and the Future of the Middle East.

Right: Students outide of the SGIA Building.

Below: The School of Government and International Affairs Professor Anoush Ehteshami addresses the Model United Nations annual conference.


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Politics

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

From soapboxes to statecraft, you will learn how and why nations are run the way they are. Our expert staff will help you to develop a thorough knowledge of the structure and functions of the modern state, the history of ideas about the nature and purpose of politics and the development of particular regions and their political systems. You will study political thought, government, international relations and another subject such as geography, economics, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, or law.

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Politics

3

AAA

DC L200

BA (Hons) International Relations

3

AAA

DC L250

BA (Hons) Politics With Year Abroad

4 AAA DC L202

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

3

Page 97

DC VL52

BA (Hons) Economics and Politics

3

Page 63

DC LL12

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics

3

Page 95

DC LV25

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Politics with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC L201

Employment Previous undergraduates have progressed to work for government organisations and high-profile employers such as:


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PSYCHOLOGY FACTS RANKING 94% of our Psychology students said they thought staff were good at explaining things in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 92%). 4th from 107 departments nationally for the number of graduates in graduate level employment or further study (Complete University Guide 2015). 7th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT Psychology (Applied) C817 T: +44 (0)191 334 0101 E: psychology.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/psychology/ undergraduate/c817 Psychology C800 T: +44 (0)191 334 3264 E: psychology.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/psychology/ undergraduate/c800 EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Psychology (Applied), Queen’s Campus 77 Psychology, Durham City 100

Enhance your employability We offer two innovative placement-based modules in which you will have the opportunity to work on a psychologically relevant project within a workplace or a school setting. In these modules you will gain an insight into the application of psychology and enhance your future employability.


103

Psychology

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied)

3

AAB

QC C817

BSc (Hons) Psychology

3

AAA

DC C800

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Psychology

3

Page 95

DC CV85

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Psychology

3

Page 65

DC X1C8

BSc (Hons) Joint Honours

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

3

Page 91

DC CFG0

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied) with Foundation

4

Page 73

QC C818

(Psychology and Anthropology; Psychology and Biology; Psychology and Economics; Psychology and Geography; Psychology and Mathematics)

Psychology aims to understand and improve how people perceive, think, act, react and interact. It examines all aspects of behaviour by investigating the processes underpinning the thoughts, feelings and motivations behind our actions. Durham is the leading university to offer degrees in Psychology and in Applied Psychology with both courses demonstrating extensive depth and breadth in the field of psychology. You will receive genuine research-led education and, as

well as undertaking your course-based studies, we invite students to actively participate in our research environment through seminars, conferences, research assistantship schemes and access to our clinical and experimental facilities. Our degrees are accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and represent the first step in qualifying as a professional psychologist; however, they also provide you with an excellent variety of skills and abilities which are transferable to a diverse array of professions.

Employment Many of our students go on to further study whilst graduates from our programmes are highly employable. Our graduates not only work in a range of psychology-related areas but go on to careers in the NHS as well as teaching, accountancy, law, HR, retail, management consultancy, marketing, advertising, PR, banking and IT, to name but a few.


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SOCIOLOGY FACTS RANKING 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2015. 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 6827 E: soccrim.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/sass/ sociologyprogrammes EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 50

Leaders in sociological research In 2014 Durham University celebrated 50 years of teaching Sociology and Social Policy. Key Durham sociologists such as Philip Abrams and David Byrne (pictured) have shaped the discipline and Durham University continues to lead research internationally in areas such as gender, health, social justice, interpersonal violence and innovative research methods.


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Sociology

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Sociology

3

AAB

DC L300

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Sociology

3

Page 43

DC LL36

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Sociology

3

Page 65

DC XL33

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC LMV0

Page 73

DC L301

BA (Hons) Sociology with Foundation

Developing an in-depth understanding of society and social issues. The BA Sociology degrees focus on the application of theory and method to real-life social problems in areas such as health, gender, and work. Sociology contributes to transformative social change, highlighting salient social trends, advising on social policy and tackling forms of social exclusion.

4

The student experience includes teaching delivered by internationally recognised experts in sociology and social policy. You will acquire a range of transferable skills in critical analysis, data collection and its dissemination. This includes a practical focus upon personal development and employability. Our degrees are an excellent foundation for careers in a wide range of sectors including health and welfare, civil service, local government, banking and academia.

Employment As well as pursuing further study, recent graduates have proceeded to careers with a range of high-profile employers including:


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SPORT, EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FACTS RANKING 1st in The Complete University Guide 2015. 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2015. 96% of our Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 87%). CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 6985 E: sport.admissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/sass/sporthome EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 74

Below: Sport students on community placement in Zambia.

Professional skills development The ‘Sport in the Community Placement’ module provides final year students with a vocational placement experience in an approved youth sport setting. Our students work with young performers in a practical context: organising, planning, and delivering youth sport coaching, leadership programmes or events. Emphasis is placed on analysing and reviewing the effectiveness of coaching / leadership methods, personal and professional skill development and the attainment of professional competencies.


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Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

3

AAB

DC C603

BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences

3 or 4

Page 55

DC LMV0

BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

4

Page 73

DC C604

with Foundation

Durham University is an outstanding place to study sport, as well as to take part in sporting activities. We offer a contemporary approach to the study of sport, exercise and physical activity – combining academic and applied learning experiences in the social and natural sciences.

Employment We have an excellent record for graduate employment and our past graduates are employed in a wide range of careers reflecting the degree programme’s multidisciplinary focus on sport, exercise and physical activity. Examples of high-profile employers include:

Our BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity undergraduate degree is taught by leading academics who are internationally recognised for their research and contribute to world-leading research centres within the School of Applied Social Sciences and the University’s Wolfson Research Institute. The degree is research-led and will prepare you for a wide range of careers and vocational opportunities.


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THEOLOGY AND RELIGION FACTS RANKING Ranked 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research and joint 1st for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014). 97% of our Theology and Religion students said they found our staff enthusiastic about what they teach in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 93%). 1st in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. 1st in The Complete University Guide 2015. 1st in The Guardian University Guide 2015. CONTACT T: +44 (0)191 334 3940 E: theo.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk W: www.durham.ac.uk/theology.religion EXPECTED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS Durham City 73

INNOVATIVE RESEARCH ‘Christianity and the University Experience’ is a recent project led by researchers in the Theology and Religion Department. It explored the nature of student faith, and the impact that the experience of University life makes on Christian commitment. Undergraduates in the Department can take the opportunity to investigate for themselves the factors that affect religious adherence in different social contexts.


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For further information including full entry requirements see www.durham.ac.uk/courses

Below: Durham Cathedral.

Theology and Religion DEGREES

TYPICAL A-LEVEL OFFER

UCAS

YEARS CAMPUS CODE

BA (Hons) Theology and Religion

3

AAB

DC V614

BA (Hons) Theology and Religion with Year Abroad

4

AAB

DC V615

BA (Hons) Education Studies – Theology

3

Page 65

DC XV36

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Theology

3

Page 95

DC VV56

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

3 or 4

Page 81

DC LA01

BA (Hons) Theology and Religion with Foundation

4

Page 73

DC V612

One of the leading centres to study Theology and Religion. Theology and Religion at Durham University is a wide-ranging degree which combines aspects of philosophy, history and social sciences, and will give you valuable insights into how people live in today’s world.

The Theology and Religion Department has established an international reputation as one of the leading departments in its field yet we are equally as proud of our high-quality teaching and commitment to our students. Our degree programmes offer you enormous flexibility, with a rich variety of subjects, and the opportunity to engage in serious and exciting explorations in Biblical studies, Christian theology and the study of religion.

Employment Graduates enter a wide range of career areas including charity work, teaching, government, law, recreation and leisure, marketing, business and finance and the clergy. Our graduates find employment with leading employers including:

We also came top for employability of our graduates for Theology and Religious Studies across the sector (The Complete University Guide 2015).


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Section 1 Applying

WITHIN THIS SECTION YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ON HOW WE ASSESS YOUR APPLICATION, WHAT QUALIFICATIONS YOU NEED, HOW TO APPLY AND HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT.

STATEMENT ON ADMISSIONS

HOW DO I APPLY?

At Durham University we welcome applications from people of all ages and all backgrounds. We actively support diversity and equality. Your application will be judged primarily on the basis of evidence it gives of your enthusiasm and ability to study, your motivation and commitment to benefit from the range of our academic opportunities, and the contribution that you can make to and the benefit you can gain from university life at Durham.

Applicants for a full-time first degree course (eg BA, BSc, MAnth, MBiol, MChem, MEng, MPharm, MPhys, MSci, including those courses with a Foundation Year) should apply through UCAS. You should also do this if you have completed part of a degree at another institution or are seeking direct entry to the second year of one of our courses. You should make your UCAS application using one of the electronic methods of application provided by UCAS.

HOW ARE UCAS APPLICATIONS ASSESSED? Admissions staff look carefully for evidence of merit and potential in the UCAS application, including an individual assessment of: • Achieved grades

For further details see www.ucas.com We will write to you to let you know that we have received your application and have started processing it. Please note that this can be a few weeks after sending your application to UCAS. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting your application to UCAS please contact us.

• Predicted grades • The personal statement • The reference • Evidence of the development of study skills • Motivation for the degree course applied for • Independence of thought and working • Skills derived from non-academic extracurricular activities such as engagement in sport, the arts or voluntary and community work • Contextual consideration of merit and potential. Admissions Selectors consider all of the above when assessing merit and potential. No one element is treated as more important than another, and none of them are used in a formulaic way. Selectors look at the overall achievement of an applicant as well as merit and potential and this is a multifaceted and complex process. For more information see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/faqs

WHAT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS DO I NEED FOR MY DEGREE? You will find details of course entry requirements at the end of every departmental entry. You should read them carefully. They will tell you which qualifications you are likely to need to be considered for an offer and any other requirements. These are correct at the time that this prospectus is printed but may change between then and when you apply. You must therefore check UCAS Course Search from 1 September 2015 when our finalised entry requirements for entry in 2016 will be published. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU ACCEPT? • We consider school-leaving qualifications from many countries. We consider a variety of UK and EU qualifications. Please contact our academic departments for advice if your qualification is not listed in our equivalencies documents.

You can view our equivalencies documents showing the most commonly presented UK and EU qualifications in applications to Durham University at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/ apply/entry-reqs/qualifications • For any international qualifications, please contact international.office@durham.ac.uk for advice on whether they are acceptable and for further information on specific course requirements. Please note that the information relating to international qualifications contained on our website represent our minimum requirements and specific requirements may differ depending on the programme you apply for. • International students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of their English language ability.  Please see www.durham.ac.uk/ learningandteaching.handbook/1/3 for permitted evidence of language ability. • We will consider your application if you do not possess standard qualifications, but are able to demonstrate sufficient motivation and ability to pursue work to degree standard. We look for people who are enthusiastic and who may have obtained relevant experience or taken examinations through employment. Everything you tell us will be of interest, and helpful to our Admissions Selectors (see also Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) on page 113). PERSONAL STATEMENT How to write an effective personal statement Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to demonstrate why you think you would be a good student for the course you are applying to and why the University should select your application over those of other similarly qualified candidates. It is primarily an academic statement and you must target it very directly towards the subject in which you are interested, though we will also want to know something about your more general interests.


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Section 2 Visiting us Further guidance can be found at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/ apply/personalstatement Some departments also publish guidance on their web pages. WILL I NEED TO COME FOR AN INTERVIEW? Durham University does not use interviews as a means for selection except in the following circumstances: • Where external bodies determine that interviewing is compulsory (applicants to Initial Teacher Training and Medicine) • Applicants to the Foundation Centre • Applicants who do not show adequate evidence of recent and relevant knowledge in their application or who have experienced a break in their study prior to application. If you are invited for interview, it will give you an opportunity to find out more about the University and the course for which you have applied. Your interview will be a two-way process. It will provide you and us with a real opportunity to make a considered decision. If you receive an offer without interview we may invite you to an open day at which you will be able to make a more informed judgement about what we have to offer you. FURTHER INFORMATION We regularly publish further information about undergraduate admissions at www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/apply/faqs We also publish admissions statistics at www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/ apply/statistics

Open days, campus tours and arranged visits are an excellent way to experience Durham University. These are offered at Durham City and at Queen’s Campus throughout the year. You will need to book your place in advance of the event. You will find the dates and advice on how to book at www.durham.ac.uk/opendays For further advice about booking for an open day or other visit please call the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office on +44 (0)191 334 9191. Send an email enquiry to us at: open.days@durham.ac.uk PRE-APPLICATION OPEN DAYS Open days are delivered separately at both Durham City and Queen’s Campus, Stockton and will give you a real taste of student life at Durham University. You can meet with staff from all of our academic programmes and chat to current students about their experiences. Our colleges and all student support services will be open alongside our sport and Students’ Union facilities. For an allround, in-depth experience of Durham University these are the events to attend. Booking is essential. CAMPUS TOURS If you can’t attend an open day we run campus tours at both Durham City and Queen’s Campus, Stockton approximately once a month on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. You will have an introductory presentation then a tour of facilities led by current students. You may find it useful to contact a member of department to coincide your campus tour visit with an opportunity to find out more about your intended programme(s) of study. Booking is required. POST-OFFER VISIT DAYS Applicants holding an offer from us may receive an invitation to attend a Post-offer Visit Day. These events held in March are the perfect way to find out more about your allocated college community, the University and your academic programme(s). Our current students will act as ambassadors to make you feel at home and answer all your queries, whilst our staff will be available to ensure you have all the information necessary to assist you in your decisionmaking. Residential and non-residential places are offered. Booking is essential. SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES If you are representing a school or college, please see the range of services we provide at www.durham.ac.uk/schools For further information please email us at student.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

Section 3 After you apply The following outlines the process for consideration of applications received by the University: • Your application is received in the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office and is then forwarded to the relevant department (or departments for Joint Honours) for consideration. • Once the department (or departments for Joint Honours) has made a decision on your application, the decision is then processed through UCAS by the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. We will write to you to let you know if you are made an offer. • The offer will not include confirmation of your college (this is the next stage of the process). The offer issued through UCAS is the official offer. • Every student is allocated to a college. The college that you are allocated to will write to you to welcome you and inform you of your membership. In most cases, the college will assume you wish to live in college-managed accommodation unless you notify them that you wish to live out. Colleges will ask you to complete an accommodation application form to reserve your room and the timing of this will depend on your college. Most colleges do not ask for this until your place is confirmed in the summer, others will ask you to do this once you receive your offer. FEE STATUS The fee status assessment determines whether an applicant is classed as Home, European Union, Islands or Overseas and will inform the level of tuition fees payable. We have a legal obligation to ensure that applicants are charged the correct amount of fees. We follow the regulations provided by the UK


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Section 4 Education Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) very closely in order to fairly and consistently determine all applicants’ fee status, regardless of citizenship. You can find information on these regulations at www.ukcisa.org.uk The Student Recruitment and Admissions Office use the information provided in the application in the first instance and if it is not possible to determine your fee status from this information alone, we will write to you to request further information. As there are currently ten categories under which an applicant could be assessed as Home/EU fee status, it is important that you complete all questions, even if they do not initially seem to be relevant. If we do need to undertake a fees status assessment, once we have determined your fee status we will write to you to inform you of this outcome. The consideration of your application is an entirely separate process to determining your fee status.

GENERAL DISCIPLINE Joining Durham University means that you agree to observe our statutes, regulations, rules, codes of practice and guidelines which set out the University’s standards for student conduct. We will expect you to behave as a good citizen and not bring the University into disrepute. A copy of our statutes, general regulations, codes of practice, etc. is at www.durham.ac.uk/university.calendar/volumei MATRICULATION Matriculation ceremonies are held annually to welcome all new students to Durham University. Matriculation is the term used to describe students’ formal entry into the University and is described in the University’s Regulations as “the act of placing a student’s name upon the matricula or roll of members of the University”. All students entering to read for an undergraduate degree, certificate or diploma must matriculate at the beginning of their first term of study, unless the special regulations of the course state otherwise. They shall be qualified to matriculate by reason of their admission for the course in accordance with the published entry requirements. A copy of our matriculation regulations is at www.durham.ac.uk/university.calendar/volumeii/ admissions.regulations Candidates will also be required to satisfy the University’s requirements for English language proficiency, as detailed in the University’s Guidelines on the English Language Proficiency of Candidates published in the Learning and Teaching Handbook. See www.durham.ac.uk/learningandteaching. handbook/1 MODULAR SYSTEM Our modular degree system allows you to tailor your degree to meet your needs. You can study a range of subjects, or study a discipline, or disciplines, in depth – the choice is yours. Your degree options include: • Single Honours • Joint Honours • Single Honours with subsidiary subjects • Single Honours with a named subsidiary subject

THIS SECTION PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE OF COURSES AND MODULES, COMPATIBILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE, MATRICULATION AND UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS.

• Named routes in Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts or Social Sciences • Four-year Honours integrated Masters programmes. Every degree course offers you a choice of modules in a range of subjects, but you must always study 120 credits (typically six 20-credit modules) in each year of your degree course. So, if you are reading a three-year programme, you will undertake 360 credits (typically made up of 17–18 modules including a final year project or similar research-based module) and for a four-year programme, 480 credits. Before you begin to select your modules, you need to consider the following questions: What choice does your main degree course allow you?

Every named degree course requires you to study clearly specified modules from that subject or subjects. This requirement places a natural limit on the number of non-compulsory modules you can read. You can, in many cases, study all your modules from your home subject(s) if you wish, but the regulations have been designed to allow you a choice of subjects in most cases, particularly in your first year. Which modules can you take?

Almost all our courses offer up to two single modules which can be taken outside the home department in the first year. Most modules are open, except for a few which are expressly tied only to their own course. This is an ideal opportunity to broaden your range of study, or to complement your chosen path. You will need to check with your Admissions Selector that you satisfy pre-requisites for open modules and to ensure compatibility with your timetable. A full list of open modules can be seen at www.durham.ac.uk/faculty.handbook Are the subjects from which you wish to select your modules compatible?

For timetabling reasons and to maintain academic coherence, you will not be able to combine modules from some subjects. For information on module compatibilities, please contact the Admissions Selector in the relevant department.


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Section 5 Student health and wellbeing Changing courses

COUNSELLING SERVICE

It is sometimes possible to change degree courses once you are a student at the University, but there is no automatic right to do so and no guarantees can be given that a request will be granted. The factors that we take into account are academic merit as well as availability of places on particular courses. For further information on changing courses see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/ faqs/?faqno=960

We offer a quiet and confidential place in which you can work through personal and emotional difficulties which may be affecting your studies in both Durham City and Queen’s Campus. For further information see www.durham.ac.uk/counselling.service

Do you have the right qualifications to study a particular module?

The qualifications you need are called ‘pre-requisites’. For specific advice, please contact the Admissions Selector in the relevant department. I already have knowledge/skills which could count towards my degree. Is there any way I could gain an exemption from certain modules?

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) allows things you may have already learned or skills you may have acquired to count towards your course, so you do not have to study the same thing twice. You may also be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). For details of APL see: www.durham.ac.uk/ learningandteachinghandbook/1/6/2 Which exit qualifications are available?

If you start at Durham University and (for whatever reason) you are not able to complete the full three or four years for an Honours degree, you have the option to leave with a Certificate or Diploma, provided that you have obtained the required number of credits in modules at the appropriate level.

DISABILITY SUPPORT Disability Support offers guidance, information and support and is an essential contact for applicants who may have a disability, specific learning difficulty or chronic health condition. The support we offer includes: • An assessment of your academic needs • Specialist one-to-one tuition and small group workshops on study skills • Specialist mentoring • Advice on specific sources of funding to enable you to access additional support • Liaison with any other University services you need, such as Counselling or the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

Whichever college you choose, we will do our best to make reasonable adjustments and if you have restricted mobility, we can advise on accessibility. Many of our buildings are modern and designed for accessibility – but a small number of the colleges and departments in Durham City are in very old, listed buildings, where getting around is not always straightforward. At Queen’s Campus, there is easy access to all key areas and we will be able to advise you on which college best suits your particular needs. There is also an independent Infrared Transmission System available in some lecture rooms for hearing aid users. Feel free to ask questions Contact us at any time to talk about your needs and how we can help. You can also arrange to visit us to get a real taste of life at Durham University. Contact details are at www.durham.ac.uk/disability.support CHAPLAINCY

You can also find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/disability.support

Many of our colleges have chaplains who offer support in worship, pastoral care, counselling and personal growth. Our chaplains are drawn from several denominations and work closely together. Our Students’ Union supports a wide range of religious and cultural societies, including Catholic, Jewish and Islamic societies. Local churches of many denominations and faiths are very active and maintain close links with the University and colleges. We also provide an Islamic Prayer Centre in Durham and halal food is offered by some colleges. St Aidan’s College has a dedicated kosher kitchen offering fortnightly Sabbath meals for students of any college of the University. For further details see www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/life/ welfare/religion

Choosing your college

REGISTERING WITH A DOCTOR

Our colleges are located in and around Durham City and Queen’s Campus, and vary in style and location. In order to help you make the right college choice, we have a team of dedicated Disability Support advisers on hand who can help and give you advice on which colleges can best suit your needs.

At Durham University we take the health and wellbeing of our students very seriously. For this reason students are actively encouraged to register with a local doctor whilst they are resident at the University. For further details see www.durham.ac.uk/ undergraduate/life/welfare/health

• Equipment loan facility • Examination arrangements. If you think you need extra support, we would encourage you to make this known at the time of your application. You can contact us or visit us at any time to discuss your needs in complete confidence. Call Disability Support on +44 (0)191 334 8115 (Voice/Minicom) or email disability. support@durham.ac.uk or write to us at: Disability Support, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE.


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Section 6 Additional information for international applicants CHILDCARE

HOW TO APPLY

COSTS

Are there any childcare facilities at the University?

All international students are required to apply electronically through UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply

The British government do not subsidise student fees for international or UK/EU students. It is important that you do not underestimate your financial needs.

Our day nursery in Durham City has 90 places for children from three months old to school age. For further information see www.durham.ac.uk/university.nursery

If you have any questions about the admissions procedure, please contact the International Office. T: +44 (0)191 334 6328

SUPPORTING DIVERSITY

E: international.admissions@durham.ac.uk

We are committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity for all staff and students, and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that enables all members of our University community to achieve their full potential.

We have representatives in many countries who can advise you about applying to Durham University.

For further information see www.durham.ac.uk/equality.diversity DURHAM STUDENTS’ UNION Durham Students’ Union represents over 16,000 students studying at Durham University. It acts as a unified voice on campus and leads on issues such as academic representation and the provision of facilities. Our Advice and Information Bureau is open every working day to help with any problems you might have. Affiliated with Advice UK and completely independent of your College and the University, you can rely on our professional staff to provide you with the best quality advice. We will take time to explain all your options and help you make the best decision for you. Durham Students’ Union is the University’s central Student Union under the 1994 Education Act and is the representative body for all the students of the University. All students are automatically a member of the Students’ Union unless they choose to opt out of Union membership. Information about the implications of opting out and the process to follow is available on the Students’ Union website. For further information see www.durhamsu.com

A full list of approved agents may be found by visiting the relevant country page at www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo Students may use the services of other education consultants, but note that the University cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of any information supplied by them. The British Council in your own country may also be able to help you complete the application. The contact details of your nearest British Council Office are at www.britishcouncil.org ENTRY REQUIREMENTS We consider school-leaving qualifications from many countries, for full details please see www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo Students of high ability, but who have not been able to study for qualifications normally accepted by the University, may be eligible to enter the Foundation Centre. For further information see page 14. International students whose first language is not English will usually need an English Language qualification. Please see page 14 for details.

To get a visa to enter the UK you will need to have enough money to pay tuition fees for the first year of your degree plus £7,380 to cover your living and accommodation costs (this is calculated at £820* a month for nine months). You will need proof that you have this money and that it has been in your bank account for at least 28 days before you apply for your visa to enter the UK. *This figure is correct as of 2014. Please check www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa for 2015 guidelines. Please note though, that depending on your accommodation and lifestyle your living costs could be more than this and you should ensure you have sufficient funds. More information about tuition fees for overseas fee-paying students and living costs can be found at: www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/ finance/international


002 WHY CHOOSE DURHAM UNIVERSITY?

JOINING DURHAM UNIVERSITY

DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR LIFE During your time with us we will equip you with the skills you need for life. These skills can be developed through the impressive range of extracurricular activities we provide. Skills gained at Durham University are the skills we know employers are looking for, and ones which will really make you stand out from the crowd in the employment market.

You will have heard about our excellent reputation. Here are a few things you may not know...

OUR ACADEMIC QUALITY

OUR HIGH COMPLETION RATE

Durham University is ranked 83rd in the world in The Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2014­–15, and in the top 50 for the Arts and Humanities.

96% of our undergraduates successfully complete their degree in The Complete University Guide 2015 (sector average 86%).

In The Complete University Guide 2015, Durham is the only university to have all subjects ranked in the UK top 10 and we are ranked 5th overall.

OUR GRADUATES ARE IN DEMAND

OUR SATISFIED STUDENTS 91% of our students are satisfied with their experience at Durham University in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector average 86%).

The QS World University League Rankings 2014­–15 placed us in the top 25 universities globally for employer reputation. This demonstrates the high regard in which Durham University graduates are held worldwide and the demand for their expertise. In 2013 87% of UK and EU graduates from Durham University secured employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

WHEN YOU JOIN DURHAM UNIVERSITY YOU WILL BE STUDYING AT A WORLD TOP 100 UNIVERSITY.

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Resources and Events for Teachers and HE Advisers We offer many opportunities for teachers to get involved with us. These include free conferences in Durham, London and further afield as well as lots of useful teaching resources. We have a variety of events and resources to take advantage of, including: • Our annual HE Advisers Conference which takes place each January at Durham University • Our Easter and Summer conferences for teachers in particular subject areas

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