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If you are studying at another university, but have realised you would like to be considered by Durham, we can consider applications received through UCAS. For the best chance to be considered, we recommend applying by before the UCAS equal consideration deadline, which is the deadline for many of our programmes.

Before you Apply

Before making an application, please contact us to see what options may be available for you here at Durham.  All of our courses will accept transfers from other universities into Year 1 and many will accept transfers into Year 2, all of which will be looked at on a case-by-case basis, depending on the course you have studied elsewhere and whether the modules you have studied meet our pre-requisites. Transfers into Year 3 or 4 of any of our courses is not possible.

As well as considering your current programme, we normally expect applicants transferring to us to meet our pre-degree entry requirements. These can be found on our courses database. In exceptional cases, we may be able to consider applicants who narrowly miss our requirements if there are other strengths within the application, if you qualify for one of our Guaranteed Contextual Offers, or there were mitigating circumstances that affected your previous qualifications.  We are happy to provide advice and guidance on this prior to you making an application and you can contact us to discuss this via our enquiry form.

If you are leaving your current course, or if you left a previous course due to academic failure, we would only be able to consider your application to Durham University if there was evidence of special circumstances to support your application. For more information on this, please see our "Good Standing” regulations on our website.

Your UCAS application

If you have studied at another university or are currently studying at another university, please include the following information in your UCAS application:

  • list your current/previous university and qualification in the “Previous/Current Education” section of the UCAS application;
  • ask one of your current/previous university tutors/lecturers to act as referee for your UCAS application (transfers happen all the time, so you won’t be penalised by your university by asking for this);
  • request a transcript from your current or previous university;
  • save the module/course descriptions you have studied or are studying as we are likely to ask to see these when we consider your application (particularly if you are applying for year 2 entry);
  • include a short statement on why you wish to transfer university/course in your UCAS personal statement. More information about writing personal statements can be found here.

If you have any further questions about transferring to Durham, please contact our Enquiries Team.

You must include all information about your current or previous study on your application.  Failure to provide this may result in your application, offer or place being withdrawn.

If you wish to obtain credit for prior learning, information on this is provided on our website.

The following Departments will not consider transfers into Year 2 of their courses:

  • Faculty of Business
  • Combined Honours in Social Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Government and International Affairs
  • Law
  • Music
  • Philosophy.