Durham is a small, lively, scenic city dominated by its cathedral, a world-famous masterpiece of Anglo-Norman architecture, offering students a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, cinema, theatres and excellent sports facilities. Living in Durham is cheap compared to the South of England with excellent transport links to other parts of the region - Durham is a 15 minute train journey away from Newcastle upon Tyne, a social, commercial and cultural centre of the North East.
Durham is a collegiate university; each full-time student is a member of one of the colleges and societies, which offer pleasant accommodation close to the academic departments, facilities for sport, music and drama, and the opportunity to develop a wide circle of friends across the departments. Each of the colleges in Durham City admits physicists, and all are just a short distance from the Physics Department. Part-time students may opt to join a college if they wish.
Opportunities for income enhancement
Postgraduate students are usually encouraged to do a small amount of undergraduate tutorial, demonstrating, marking or similar work and can usually earn about £1000 a year in this way. This is in addition to any studentship or other award.
Director of Postgraduate Studies
The Department's Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Peter Hatton (Room 107), works in association with the Director of Education to oversee the Department’s postgraduate programme. He chairs the meetings of the Postgraduate Studies Committee and is a member of the Education Committee.