The Durham Science and Engineering advantage

“Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.” – Henry Petroski

On top of gaining a world-class student experience, studying at Durham University puts you side-by-side with pioneering researchers who work hard to instil applicable industry knowledge.

Ranked in the top 75 universities for physics in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings, Durham grants students a world-class education that’s renowned for its breakthrough research.

Innovatively approaching space exploration, Durham’s Department of Physics has paved the way to ground-breaking cosmic discovery. Scientists here have uncovered that the surface of Mars holds less water than previously thought, and researchers are even creating computer generated galaxy simulations to try and solve the hidden mysteries of space.

Studying at Durham University means you will form part of this thriving academic community, encouraging you to augment and expand the frontiers of scientific discovery.

“My time of study here could not have been as meaningful, significant and successful were if not for the tutors, my college mentor, and all the wonderful university and college staff who have helped me in many ways. They cheered me on when I was working towards something, and they cheered with me when I accomplished something,” says Toshitaka Zenimoto, a Durham physics student originally from Japan.

Opening of The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University

Through a range of undergraduate programmes that include BSc Physics, BSc Physics & Astrology and BSc Natural Sciences, plus a postgraduate taught Master’s programme in Particles, Strings and Cosmology, Research Master’s and doctoral offerings – students here can explore the fundamental principles of human existence.

Along with Durham University’s Department of Physics, the university is renowned for its elite engineering programme portfolio. Granting students the full spectrum of industry-focused courses, the Department of Engineering produces highly-qualified engineering graduates who are well-equipped to tackle changes in this dynamic, global industry.

The innovative 10-week summer placement programme embodies Durham’s industry-relevant approach. Sponsored by BP, the placement encourages students to gain real-world insight of their theoretical knowledge with the help of a leading academic.

“Through this experience, I learned new knowledge and related theories to real world applications; I also improved various skills, like presentation and programming. But most importantly, it gave me a deep insight into research which I found quite exciting. I enjoyed solving hard problems, creating something new and the resultant satisfaction,” says Yun Bing, a participant of the placement.

Students can choose to study either the three-year BEng in General Engineering or the four-year MEng in General Engineering. Both courses are accredited by the  the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Institution of Structural Engineers; the Institution of Engineering and Technology; and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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“As the first two years of the Durham Engineering degree are common for all students before going on to specialise in the final years; each student gains a fundamental knowledge across a range of disciplines, making a Durham graduate a well-rounded engineer,” says Zoe Burton, student of BEng General Engineering.

“All this provided thorough preparation for my final year project, where each student is given 9 months to research a particular area of choice, which was by far the most enjoyable part of my degree,” she adds.

Science and Engineering students also benefit from both departments’ strong international culture. Through the Engineers Without Borders initiative, students gain hands-on experience promoting globally-responsible engineering practice in developing countries across the Americas, Africa and Asia. The programme allows students to learn about engineering in foreign cultures – an invaluable skill in our interconnected world.

This university urges students to gain invaluable international perspectives through overseas study. Durham hosts a range of institutional links with universities in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East, many of whom offer courses taught in English or the unique chance to develop invaluable language skills.

This prepares students for the globalised world of the 21st Century and encourages international collaboration, meaning students graduate with an advantage over others as their degree is world-renowned and globally-respected.

The departments of science and engineering at Durham promise fantastic employment opportunities, with 83 percent and 92 percent of students finding full-time employment or further education, respectively, within six months of graduation. As a Russell Group institution, Durham graduates are actively sought-after by employers as some of the most academically acclaimed in the world.

“As a Durham graduate now working in the field of Human Resources for Rolls Royce, there are certain things we look for in our graduates: influence, judgement, integrity, leadership, breadth of knowledge and teamwork to name but a few. We consistently recruit high calibre graduates from Durham University who demonstrate these competencies and are a true asset to our organisation,” states Alice Taylor, HR Business Partner at Rolls Royce, Canada.

If you are passionate about scientific discovery and engineering excellence, consider studying at Durham to gain the Durham advantage.

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