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Durham University

Research Themes

Durham University produces world leading and world changing research. Here are some examples where we have particular strength.

Surface Science

Energy and Clean Growth

Cosmology and Astronomy

Heritage and Culture

Hazard and Risk

Featured video

Research at Durham

Breathlessness, ancient manuscripts and geothermal energy are among the diverse subject areas benefiting from world leading research at Durham University.

Here academics from across the University talk about their research, and how Durham’s collaborative environment encourages them to explore new approaches to research.

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Thought leadership

Earthquakes or tiger attacks?

Dr Hanna Ruszczyk from the Department of Geography believes that understanding what people fear most can help prevent disasters.

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Featured event

Wild: A celebration of the natural history of the British Isles

18th May-16th October 2019, 10:00 - 17:00, Palace Green Library

From high peaks and valleys to meandering rivers and powerful seas – this exhibition shows how animals have adapted to live and thrive in the varied environments of the British Isles.

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PhD opportunities

Facilities and equipment

Research institutes and centres