Postgraduate study at St
Postgraduates at St
Chad's are registered for Master's or PhD courses in
virtually all departments of the University. In
addition, the College admits a good number of PGCE students
every year, assigning them to a specialist College Tutor
with relevant teaching experience.
The student body is diverse,
with 25 countries represented among undergraduates and
The College strives to find
the right balance in terms of offering support to
postgraduates, while at the same time respecting their
maturity and their ability 'to get on with it'.
The completion rate for
Master's students is close to 100%, and the five year
completion rate for PhDs is currently the same.
Beginning in September 2006,
St Chad's will be offering a programme of academic support
tailored especially for postgraduates within the College.
The College's Ramsey Fellow will direct the postgraduate
programme, which will centre around a series of
interdisciplinary postgraduate seminars to supplement the
The College is fortunate to
have its own core staff of researchers, and the seminars
will give both postgraduates and staff a chance to interact
on an academic level.
The Middle Common Room is the
student-run student association within St Chad's College.
It is a lively group and each year offers a broad programme
of activities to introduce people to Durham and to each
The Middle Common Room have
their own meeting/social room in the College, which is open
to all postgraduates, whether living in or out of College.
Uncommon Common Life
St Chad's offers a healthy
mix of the old and the new, and the College strives to
maintain what is best of the time-honoured tradition of
College living. The key to such traditions is drawing
people together from all parts of the College to dine
together in a relaxed atmosphere and to socialise
On Tuesdays and Thursdays
throughout term, the College holds Formal Hall -- a black
gowned affair, with table service and wine. Staff and
guests are usually seated at High Table, though
postgraduates can also invite themselves to High Table
several times a term.
In addition, the College
holds at least one feast per term -- usually for a good
reason, though sometimes because there hasn't been one in a
long time. These are special six-course meals, where
the College's three chefs show off a bit, and where the
accent is on having a bit of fun.
The MCR often retire to their
common room for port and cheese after Formal Hall, and they
often coordinate other social activities to coincide with
St Chad's has invested
heavily (over £1 million in the past three years) to provide
excellent postgraduate accommodation in College.
Almost half of the
postgraduate community lives in College, chiefly at Trinity
Hall (25 rooms) or Hallgarth Street (5 rooms).
Hall is an exclusively postgraduate community, housed in an
impressive early Victorian building, which was completely
renovated in 2003. Almost all the rooms have
en-suite facilities and they are
all furnished to 4* hotel standards. Room prices
vary chiefly according to room size.
Trinity has a communal
cooking area and a communal lounge. It also has
extensive grounds and is situated in one of the quieter
locations within Durham. (An extended description of Trinity
Hall is given on the left panel.)
Trinity Hall is a three
minute walk into town, a five minute walk to the Cathedral,
a five minute walk to the Main Library, and an 8 minute walk
to Main College.
Hallgarth Street is an
Edwardian house located just a few minutes from College.
It offers a more home-like experience and offers the usual
facilities one would expect in any home.
Both these residences offer
the choice of self-catering or college-catered meals; and
all rooms in College are either wired for internet access or
have wireless networks.
In 2007, the College will add
10 more en-suite postgrad rooms in a new, yet-to-be-named residence,
located just a few feet from the centre of Durham.
Libraries and IT
The College has a rich array
of library rooms - eight in total. Because we could
never compete with the University's library resources, the
College libraries are chiefly aimed at the undergraduates,
though the research library may be of interest to some
postgraduates, depending on their field of study.
While all the libraries are open to postgraduates, the
Research Library, with its restricted access, is especially
suited for private study.
All the libraries provide
internet access, and there is a separate computer room,
equipped with printers and a photocopier.
The Durham Media Academy is
located within the College, and the Academy's Director is
available to help with specialised IT and media needs.
find out more?
Feel free to contact the
College to arrange for a tour, to chat with one of the
College Officers, or to meet with some of our current
postgraduates. More information can be found in the
postgraduate on-line admissions page.
Alternatively, you can email
queries you may have....