Students are allowed to do a work placement that constitutes up to a
maximum of 50% of the total duration of their course and this can be on a
full-time basis. It must be an integral and assessed part of the course. The
University will continue to sponsor them whilst on placement (including if the
placement is overseas) and must continue to monitor their attendance and
engagement but only where the work
placement provider completes a form confirming their willingness to monitor the
The form must be completed and be on record before the placement starts.
In cases where the placement provider is unable or unwilling to complete the
form, the students sponsorship will be withdrawn and their visa cancelled.
Full details of this are given in the Attendance Monitoring Policy, a
copy of which can be obtained from the visa and International Support Team.
Working while studying
Students on degree courses can work up to an absolute maximum of 20
hours in any one week (Monday to Sunday), and are allowed to work full-time
(36.5 hours) during vacation periods – see below.
It is a students absolute and personal responsibility to ensure that they
do not exceed the working hours’ limit required under their visa. This is critically
important - if they did work more than 20 in any one week they would be placing
your Tier 4 Visa status at risk and could have it withdrawn and be deported
from the UK.
Vacation periods vary for different types of student:
- undergraduates can
work full-time during University vacations
taught students are expected to be completing their
dissertation over the summer so are not allowed to work full-time during
research students are expected to arrange their vacation
periods on an individual basis, which must be agreed and confirmed in
writing by their supervisor and processed using the RD7-AA form
Working after completing
Student visas are usually valid for four months after a course finishes.
Students are allowed to work full-time during this period. If they wish to stay
in the UK to work after this, they will need to obtain the relevant work visa.
Opportunities for further
There are two schemes where the University can continue sponsorship
after a student has finished studying here:
Extension Scheme - doctoral graduates can extend their existing Tier
4 visa for up to 12 months. This visa enables them to work but there is no
requirement that a job must be found.
- Tier 1 Graduate
Entrepreneur Scheme - graduates can apply for a visa to set up their
own business. This scheme is run through the Innovation Centre and enables
graduates to stay in the UK for an initial 12 months which can be extended
for a further 12 months.
Further details can be obtained from the visa and International Support