Student Immigration Service

Working in the UK during studies

If you are from a non-EU/EEA country or Switzerland, there will be restrictions on the amount and type of work you do in the UK.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

You don’t need to apply for permission to work in the UK during your studies. However, your employer will probably ask you for proof of where you’re from. Your passport or national ID card will normally be sufficient.

Tier 4 students

Tier 4 visas impose strict restrictions on working in the UK. If you hold a Tier 4 visa, you must adhere to these restrictions.

Your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in your passport) or your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will tell you if you are allowed to work.

Short term student visa

Short term students are not permitted to work, paid or unpaid, or undertake internships or work placements as part of your studies.

You may volunteer (normally for a charity).

University recommendation

If you are a full-time student, the University recommends you do not work more than 15 hours per week for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. The University will not employ full-time postgraduate research students for more than an average of 9 hours per week across the academic year, and we recommend that postgraduate students apply this limit to employment outside the University.

Information for students employed as tutors and demonstrators can be found here:

Academic Services - Tutors and demonstrators

Careers Service

The Careers Service has lots of useful information and resources to help you navigate the UK graduate job market.

Careers Service

Work placements and internships for Tier 4 students

You may wish to undertake some work experience while you are studying. In many cases, this will be possible, but for non-EU/EEA/Swiss students there are restrictions on working in the UK.

Working as a Sabbatical Officer

International students are encouraged to stand for election as a Sabbatical Officer. Students with a Tier 4 visa are permitted to take a position as a Sabbatical Officer in the Students' Association.