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Graduate School

Combining work and study


Durham University has recommendations on the maximum number of hours you should be working whilst studying (see table below).



Term time work

Vacation work



Maximum 12 hours per week

Full time work permitted


Post- graduate taught students

Maximum 6 hours per week

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

Post-graduate research students


Maximum 6 hours per week

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

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.

With regards to International Students there may additional restrictions in place from the government. Please check your Visa to see what restrictions apply.

Further information can be found on the Student Information and Financial Support Office (SIFSO) website:

Even if your Visa states that you may work for a greater number of hours than listed above, you should still not exceed the amount recommended by the University.