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Working in the UK after study

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)

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.

Information about the Tier 2 (General) scheme and how to apply

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 4 DES information and how to apply

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)

Unfortunately, Durham University does not participate in this scheme and is unable to offer you the opportunity to apply for a visa in this category.

Other universities may participate in the scheme and you will need to contact them to see whether they accept enquiries from potential candidates.

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) information about the scheme.

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)

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.