Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to St. John’s College? Can I be a member of St. John’s College?
Applicants for the new academic year should follow the instructions on the University’s website http://www.dur.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/ . During this process, you will have an opportunity to choose St. John’s as your preferred college. You are encouraged to apply soon as places are limited at St. John’s College and we are one of the smallest colleges in Durham http://www.dur.ac.uk/study/accommodation/postgraduate/choosing/st-johns/
What accommodation is there for postgraduates?
St. John’s College provides accommodation for the first few postgraduates who pay the deposit between the March and July deadline. We are a small college and space is very limited, so you might consider applying for membership with the College and seeking accommodation locally. Alternative housing options, such as the Durham Student Union Accommodation Office, are listed below.
All UK Postgraduates are required to complete a budget or financial plan upon enrolment.
You may use this Sample Budget as a guide.
We are no longer offering Borderlands Bursaries.
Can I transfer to St. John’s College?
Transferring your college affiliation is not encouraged. So when a request is made rigorous steps are taken to evaluate the circumstance.
- After serious consideration, consult your Senior Tutor, Principal or Master for a transfer.
- If approved, your College will forward the request to the John’s Postgraduate Tutor.
- All transfer requests to St. John’s College must include a St. John’s sponsor or referee. The sponsor is a current or past member of the SCR, MCR, CCR, or JCR. Sponsors attached to the College from the Department of Theology and Religion will be considered. (In most cases s/he will be members of the SCR.)
- A decision to accept or reject the request will be sent to your College.
- If both Colleges approve the transfer, a request will be sent to our University Vice-Chancellor.
- If approved, your College will notify you of a release pending St. John’s final acceptance.
- If accepted, you are required to schedule a meeting with the Postgraduate Tutor.
Where can I get help on academic writing for my Thesie/Dissertation?
The English Language Centre offers academic writing support for postgraduates which usually takes the form of one to one consultations with students. Sessions are based on a sample of one's thesis writing, available to both home and international students, and can be booked by emailing:
Where can I access a self-service colour printer?
In the Bill Bryson Library and in Elvet Riverside 1, room ER151
How should I actually begin the work of postgraduate study?
Apart from your department's guidance, you will find many Postgraduate Training and Development courses which the University offers. The St. John's Postgraduate Tutor encourages new students to enrol in the 'Postgraduate Study Skills' seminar. Booking requests may be made by contacting:
The Graduate Training Officer at:
Details on the training programme may be found at:
Can you give me advice on the logistics of my thesis/dissertation?
Not related to the University, the Postgraduate Toolbox provides advice on thesis writing, proofreading, printing, publishing, and other related tools:
When I graduate what jobs are available?
There are many jobs related websites. An emerging site you may consider is the Link Higher site:
Can you tell me about life as a home/ an international student in Durham or the UK?
First visit the Durham University web pages. Then for more details on life, education, and financing in the UK please visit the British Council's website through your country's portal.
The British Council has a good overview of Durham City and Durham University
What scholarships/bursaries are available for me?
You should first enquire with your department on the types of funding/grants which are available for your discipline. Then visit the University’s website for other sources (I have listed a few in the link below). As we are a small college, our resources are limited, but we do offer a few opportunities for our postgraduates (details may be had from the postgraduate admissions office).
Durham SJC Funds.doc