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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Working Hours Recommendations

Durham University has recommendations on the maximum number of hours a full-time student may work whilst studying:

Term time work

Vacation work



Maximum 12 hours per week

Full time work permitted

Post- graduate taught students

Maximum 12 hours* per week

52 week course with no vacation period. Please check with your supervisor.

Post-graduate research students

Maximum 12 hours* per week

Please check with your supervisor and refer to your funding terms and conditions if applicable.

*Under University core regulations, no full-time student may undertake more than six hours per week of paid teaching, demonstrating or other research work within the University

The maximum number of working hours recommended are for guidance only. It is your responsibility to assess the academic pressures and demands of your subject discipline and prioritise this over any part time work.

International Students

There may additional legal restrictions on working hours in place from the government. Please check your Visa to see what restrictions apply.

Further information can be found on the Student Immigration Office website.

The UK Government Home Office states that if you are a Tier 4 student who is permitted to work, you must ensure that you work your permitted hours (20 or 10 hours) into a 7-day period starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.

If you work irregular hours and/or have more than one employer you will need to retain records of how many hours you work on any given day, to ensure that you do not breach the Tier 4 working conditions.

Even if your Visa states that you may work for a greater number of hours than listed above, you should still not exceed the University's Working Hours Recommendations.