About Durham University:

Durham University (legally the University of Durham) is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, with a second campus in Stockton-on-Tees. The chancellor of the university is Sir Thomas Allen, who succeeded Bill Bryson in 2012. As a collegiate university its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and 16 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide lectures to students, while the colleges are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and some university staff. The university was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to commence tuition in England for more than 600 years and is one of a number of institutions that has been described as the third-oldest university in England. The Durham University estate includes 63 listed buildings, ranging from the 11th-century Durham Castle to a 1930s Art Deco chapel. The university also owns and manages the Durham World Heritage Site in partnership with Durham Cathedral. The university's ownership of the World Heritage Site includes Durham Castle, Palace Green, and the surrounding buildings including the historic Cosin's Library. The university is a member of the Russell Group of British research universities after previously being a member of the 1994 Group. Durham is also affiliated with the regional N8 Research Partnership and international university groups including the Matariki Network of Universities and the Coimbra Group. It was Sunday Times University of the Year for 2005, also making the shortlist for the 2004 and 2016 awards, and the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year for 2015. Current and emeritus academics include 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 17 Fellows of the British Academy, 14 Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, 5 Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2 Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and 2 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Durham graduates have long used the Latin post-nominal letters Dunelm after their degree, from Dunelmensis (of, belonging to, or from Durham).



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 205 205 178 192 197 217 226 238 238 246 265 284 294 297 356

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 271 267 - 280 - - - 287 - 301-350 351-400 351-400 351-400 401-450
Engineering 245 - - - - - - - - 351-400 351-400 401-450 401-450 451-500
Life Sciences - - - - - - - - - 451-500 - 451-500 - -
Medicine - - - - - - - - - 401-450 451-500 451-500 451-500 -
Natural Sciences 55 44 49 58 71 78 81 81 86 95 103 111 135 156
Social Sciences 183 206 137 171 168 145 173 137 139 145 149 150 159 171

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences - - - - - - - - - - -
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - - -
Chemistry 142 167 178 182 178 206 225 217 228 276 351-400
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - 351-400 401-450 401-450 -
Civil Engineering - - - - - - - 401-450 451-500 451-500 -
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 451-500 - -
Computer Science 259 289 - - 270 250 301-350 351-400 301-350 301-350 351-400
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 183 175 158
Electrical Engineering - - - - - - 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400 401-450
Environment / Ecology 226 225 249 235 224 282 276 - - - 284
Geosciences 44 51 55 55 61 48 58 58 69 70 74
Immunology - - - - - - - - - - -
Materials Science 224 268 284 - 279 - 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400 401-450
Mathematics - - - - - - 348 351-400 351-400 301-350 401-450
Mechanical Engineering - - - - - - - 301-350 351-400 351-400 -
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - - -
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - - -
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - - -
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - - - - - - - - - -
Physics 41 51 69 79 72 76 80 92 211 238 238
Plant & Animal Science 178 246 - - - - - 292 268 266 293
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 294 284 264
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 148 136 163
Space Science - - - - - - - - 22 37 48
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -