Facilities and Support
Research students normally have both a primary and additional research supervisor, or two primary co-supervisors, as their supervisory team.
Students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least once per fortnight (unless students are 'in the field'), and regularity of meetings is monitored by the Director of Research Students.
To help support postgraduate students in their studies, the department is able to provide a maximum of £200 per academic year to full-time (£100 for part-timers) research postgraduate students without other sources of funding to support attendance at conferences, language training, travel or training necessary for fieldwork, or other approved research needs such as bench fees.
All postgraduates are members of a college throughout their time at Durham University, whether you live in college accommodation or elsewhere. Many postgraduates find colleges to be an excellent opportunity to interact with students from other disciplines, and get involved in extra-curricular activities from sports to debating. Colleges also provide pastoral and academic support to members. Find out more about the Durham College System.
The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) provides a wide range of services to postgraduate students, providing careers information, advice and guidance regarding future employment.
Where needed, postgraduate students are supported through Durham University's Service for Students with Disabilities (DUSSD) and the Department's Disability Officers. Taught postgraduate students with disabilities receive support in the form of extra time in examinations, appropriately-prepared slides and reading materials, provision for physical access on field trips, etc. Concessions are also granted for Serious Adverse Circumstances, such as bereavements or serious illnesses. The department is committed to equal opportunity and has dedicated Harassment and Diversity Officers
The Counselling Service offers a high standard of service in counselling for those who are finding that their difficulties are hard to manage and/or affecting their studies. Find out more about the Counselling Service.
Postgraduates in the Department of Anthropology benefit from working within state-of-the-art research facilities and research laboratories, as described below and on our Facilities page.
The University has libraries at both Durham campus (the Bill Bryson Library) and at Queens’ Campus, which are both well-stocked with books and journals across all sub-fields of anthropology. Many journals are also now available online in e-journal format. The libraries have private study areas, some with computer terminals, including dedicated postgraduate study areas. The department also offers a subsidy to postgraduate students for the University's on-line Document Delivery Service. Click here for more information about the Durham University Library service.
Taught and research postgraduates can make use of shared room facilities throughout the duration of their time in the department, as well as facilities across the university, including computer labs and library private study areas. Final year PhD students are given dedicated workspace for writing up their theses. All students have access to free printing and photocopying facilities.