Working After Your Studies
Once your programme has officialy ended and you are waiting for your results you can work full time in the UK if you have time left on your student visa.
Working on your Tier 4 (General) visa
Once your programme has ended, you can work full time on a temporary contract until the expiry date of your Tier 4 visa (up to a maximum of 4 months). You cannot engage in business or self employment, take up employment as a professional sportsperson or entertainer or pursue a career by filling a permanent full-time vacancy.
Tier 2 (General) visas
After the closure of the Tier 1 Post Study Work (PSW) scheme in 2012, new provisions allowing graduates wanting to work in the UK, to apply under Tier 2 (General) were introduced.
Tier 2 (General) is open to graduates with a UK Bachelor's or Master's Degree (or who have completed at least 12 months of a PhD) from a registered UK institution. The Tier 2 (General) requirements have been relaxed to allow graduates greater opportunity to apply.
- Applicants must have an offer of a position from an employer who is a registered sponsor, with a salary of at least £20,500.
- Employers must provide applicants with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
- Employers do not have to complete a Residence Labour Market Test (RLMT) when employing graduates (final confirmation of award from University required) or if position appears on the Shortage Occupation List.
- Applicants must fulfil the maintenance requirement for the application
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)
The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) enables the University to sponsor completing PhD students for a further 12 months, to remain in the UK and work in either paid employment or on a self employed basis.
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) scheme allows graduates who have been identified by the University as having innovative ideas, to stay in the UK after their studies to establish a business of their own.
- The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) requirements have been relaxed to allow graduates greater opportunity under the scheme
- Open to graduates who have been identified by the University and having innovative business ideas
- Graduates applying will be sponsored by the University
- Applicants must also meet the maintenance requirement.
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
Schemes under Tier 5 may allow you to undertake very specific types of work in the UK for up to two years in some instances.
Your sponsor / potential employer must issue a certificate of sponsorship to you before you can apply for a Tier 5 visa.
Further information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
Information about working in the UK after your studies is also available from UKCISA