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Durham University


The University of Durham was established in 1832 however for all intents and purposes fulfilled the function of a university long before official recognition. It is therefore the third oldest university in Britain. It is usually in the top 5 if not 3 in the largest league tables, currently rated 5th by The Complete University Guide. Throughout its long history Durham has kept up its academic excellence.

Durham is one of three collegiate universities in the UK. This means that while teaching is done by university departments, the welfare, accommodation and other social aspects of student life are handled within the 16 colleges. Each college is different from the others in some way creating closely knit environment within it.

Durham became one of the England's leading centres of medieval scholarship, along with Oxford and Cambridge. Indeed, three Colleges - now part of Oxford University - were founded from Durham: University College, Balliol College, and Durham College were run from Durham to train scholars for 300 years until it became incorporated into the University of Oxford as Trinity College.

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Durham University offers excellent tuition in all subjects usually offered at UK Universities. It is especially adept at humanity subjects. Joint Honours subjects are also offered where students study two subjects equally and simultaneously. Many programmes provide the chance to take modules in unrelated subjects; for example, engineering with history or philosophy and a modern language!

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Durham is situated in the North of England. The best way to get to Durham is by train as the station links to most large cities across Britain. The Queen’s campus in Stockton is also best accessed by train.