Academic Services

Studentship and scholarship students

Information on the application of the average 9-hour limit to employment for postgraduate research students who receive funding for their studies.

How does the limit apply to full-time postgraduate research students who are in receipt of studentships or scholarships for their studies?

In some cases, funders (e.g. Research Councils) have conditions of funding that limit the amount of paid employment that research students can undertake. Where those limits are more stringent than the University’s standard 9 hour average, students must apply the funding bodies’ conditions. 

Can full-time postgraduate research students undertake as many hours of employment as they like outside the University?

Students must meet any conditions of their funding bodies. While the University cannot prevent students from taking employment outside the University, we recommend that students do not exceed an average of 9 hours employment per week, including both employment for the University and for other employers.