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Durham University: Rankings, Acceptance Rate & Application Fees

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Year of establishment1832
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Total International Students4500
Endowments ValuePound Sterling 72 million
No.of Campuses2
Accommodation expenses6396 Pound for 1 sharing (UG),7600 Pound for 1 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses2760 Pound (UG)
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Q:   What is the application fee at Durham University?


Yes, the University has an Application fee for the University of Durham of Pound 22 if the applicant applies through UCAS and Pound 60 for PG courses. This fee is typically non-refundable and covers the cost of processing and viewing the applications. It is important to note that the Application fee differs from the other fees.  However, the application fee might vary depending on the intake, and it’s suggested that students should check the official for more information depending on the course and requirements. 


Q:   What is Durham University known for?


Durham University is one of the UK’s most popular universities. Durham University featured in the world top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, where the university has been ranked 92nd. Durham, UK is known for its long, impressive history of academic excellence, outstanding research, and the quality of its graduates.  Also, 16 Durham subjects ranked in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, including 8 in the world top 50.


Q:   What ranking is Durham University in the world?


Durham University has been ranked #78 in the QS World University Rankings 2024. This is an improvement of 14 positions from last year when it was placed #92 in the QS World University Rankings. Also, Durham University is part of the Russel Group Universities that enjoys the UK's own 'Ivy League' status. Apart from this, Durham has been ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK by top UK ranking publishers, The Complete University Guide and The Guardian.


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Durham University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :Pound 20 - 60
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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Fall31ˢᵗ Jul 2024
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Q:   Is there an interview for University of Durham?


No, the University of Durham doesn't have an interview, however, some particular courses might have an interview as a requirement. However, applicants should look at the official website to avoid confusion or last-minute hassle.


Q:   How long does Durham take to give offers?


The University of Durham tries to reply to the applicants within 6-8 weeks. However, there could be a delay mainly because of the number of applications it gets yearly. But the University also replies sooner than the given deadline above if they don’t have a busy schedule or period.


Q:   How can I get admission to Durham University?


Below is the application process for Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses:

Undergraduate Application Process 

Step 1:  You can apply through common applicants or the UCAS application portal. 

Step 2: Go to the website and select the course you are interested in.

Step 3: Make sure you meet the entry requirements for the system, such as academic qualifications, English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL), etc.

Step 4: Once you decide on the course, you can apply online and fill out the form and provide relevant documents such as transcripts, SOP, references and personal statements.

Step 5: After you use it, If you select the University, it will mail the applicant for further requirements.

Postgraduate Application Process 

Step 1: Select the postgraduate programme you are interested in from the Official Durham website.

Step 2: Ensure you meet the entry requirements for the chosen program, as these vary depending on the course.

Step 3: Complete the online application providing your personal information.

Step 4: Upload the required documents, such as academic transcripts, proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), experience in your field and references.

          Step 5: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer from Durham University.


Durham University Tuition Fees, Duration & Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MBA/PGDM(21 courses)
INR 23 L - 37 L
Duration12 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE: 62 - 68
MIM(20 courses)
INR 23 L - 37 L
Duration12 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE: 62 - 68
M.A.(66 courses)
INR 21 L - 32 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE: 68 & Above
B.A.(43 courses)
INR 23 L - 27 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above
MS(21 courses)
INR 21 L - 33 L
Duration1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE: 68 & Above
B.Sc.(38 courses)
INR 24 L - 29 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 62 & Above
BBA(25 courses)
INR 23 L - 29 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 62 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(15 courses)
INR 27 L - 34 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 62 & Above
LL.M.(5 courses)
INR 23 L - 28 L
Duration1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above
LL.B.(2 courses)
INR 27 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above
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Q:   What are the requirements for Durham University?


Below are the requirements at Durham University: 

  • A good 2:1 degree or a 3,4 or 5-year bachelor's degree from an approved Indian university with a score of 60%-80%, depending on the institution in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component.

  • However, applicants must have an 80% or above at the first attempt + a degree from a recognised English medium university

  • Must submit an English Language Proficiency test with a minimum score in IELTS 6.5/9


Q:   What GPA is required for Durham?


As students from across the world apply to Durham University, international candidates need to meet the country or region- specific requirements for getting into Durham. Although, there is no GPA requirement declared by the university officially, however, candidates are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for undergradaute programs to get into Durham University.  Applicants to undergraduate programs at Durham University would also need to have a minimum SAT score of 1300 and a minimum ACT score of 29 to be eligible to apply to the university.


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  • Academically oriented
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  • 0% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work3.5
Post study jobs4
Quality of faculty4
Student Life4.5
Value for money4
Public transportation4
Indian Food2.5
Permanent Immigration3
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Overwhelming, challenging and beautiful
Tips: Students should know the essence of Durham is concerned with staying in college accommodation which offers a sense of community and belonging. Secondly, Durham is a very close-knit and quiet city and the weather is mostly rainy and cold. Thirdly, the course a student selects will get challenging eventually.
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Tips: The university is well recognised amongst the recruiters in the UK. The programs are very well structured and the professors are very helpful. However, the Durham as a city is very dull. There is not much to do around. There are very less opportunities for part-time jobs because the city is so small. The 1st month in Durham is very difficult as the city is very cold, windy and hilly. You will have to walk a lot on inclined paths. So it is better to be mentally and physically prepared for that.
Likes (Safety): People around the city are very helpful. There are porters in every college to help students whenever needed. I have hardly faced any kind of racism from the people around me. The university has a night line for the female students to drop them to their destination late at night at a very low price of 2 pounds.
Dislikes (Indian Food): There are hardly 2-3 Indian restaurants in Durham and the food is not that great. The taste doesn’t justify the high prices. Cooking on my own is so much more affordable and satisfying. The ingredients are easily available around the city. There is only one Indian grocery store though.
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Q:   What is the average salary for Durham MBA?


Average salary for Durham University MBA graduates is USD 267,000 annually. Also, the lowest-paid Durham University & Business School alumni & graduates are Retail, Trade & Craft professionals at USD 27,000.


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Q:   Which is better; University of Sussex or Durham University?


The comparative US News Global Rankings of University of Sussex and Durham University are given as follows:

Year University of Sussex Durham University

Q:   What is the ranking of Durham University in the world?


According to the QS World Rankings 2024, Durham University has a world ranking of #78. Some of the world rankings at the university are given as follows:

Year QS World RankingsTimes Higher Education Rankings

Q:   Which university between University of Edinburgh and Durham University is better?


Edinburgh and Durham University are renowned institutions offering unique campus cultures and various academic programs. While they share a great reputation, there are subtle differences between the two universities. The below table compares the rankings, fees and acceptance rate. Overall this information could be useful for students who are considering them.

Here is the comparison highlighting the differences between the Universities:

Name of The University


Acceptance Rate

1st Year Tuition Fee





  UG course: INR  22.44L -23.9L

  PG course: INR 22.96 L - 32.88 L

Edingburgh University 



UG Course:  INR 22.64 L - 29.79 L

PG course:   INR 22.54 L - 39.62 L


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Q:   Is Durham University worth it?


Durham University has been consistently ranked within the top 10 universities in the UK. Also, as per the complete university survey guide, it ranked 4th for the most degrees completed in UK. The Times has also ranked Durham at 6th place and estabilishing it as one of the best UK universities.


Q:   Is Durham University a top-tier university?


Yes. Durham University is one of the UK’s most renowned universities. Durham University features in the world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2023, where the university has been ranked 92nd. 16 Durham subjects ranked in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, including 8 in the world top 50.


Q:   How many Indian students are at Durham University?


The University of Durham is an inclusive and globally diverse community, comprising individualism from over 120 countries. The University has students with various cultural backgrounds. The University is proud to report a growing number of studies at the university. Furthermore, the university witnesses the success of Indian graduates, with almost 1,000 individuals living or working. Overall the University is surely a good option for Indians to study, work and to live.


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Yes, Indian students have a good time at Durham University. The University welcomes international students from all over the world to study at their campus. The University has a diverse community of over 4,500 international students from 156 countries. Durham University offers various UG and PG prog



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Here is why Durham University good for international students:

Academics:  Durham University courses are available in over 300 undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degrees for students. This university offers various courses like Arts & Humanities, Business, Science, Social Science & Health. The



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Some of the tips for students starting their first-semester at the Durham University:

  • Students who applied for Durham University must be humble and should interact with as many people as possible. Mainly beacause, the more people you talk to the better knowledge you get. 
  • Attend as many gathering and



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The cost of attending Durham University can vary depending on the main factors, such as course level of study (UG and PG). However, International students considering this university could be a little higher than compared to UK citizens. The UG programme Academic tuition fee for international studen



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If you're applying for University of Durham  then IELTS is essential. It is said that IELTS Reading and writing is one of the most difficult sections in the IELTS exam. You can check out our IELTS Reading Tips IELTS preparation and achieve your IELTS band scores. Also, the IELTS Listening section is



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