Student Immigration Service

Working in the UK during studies

If you hold a valid Student visa, there will be restrictions on the amount and type of work you are allowed to do inside the UK. We have guidance for during your course and about after studies, during your visa 'wrap up period' up until the visa expiry date.

Student or Tier 4 visas impose strict restrictions on working in the UK. The main purpose of your student visa is to allow you to study in the UK, not work. If you hold a Student or Tier 4 visa, you must adhere to the working restrictions attached to it. These conditions will be outlined in your decision letter. You are required to abide by the visa conditions attached to your Student visa as confirmed in your decision letter.  



University recommendation on working while studying

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/Student route visa holders

You may wish to undertake some work experience while you are studying. In many cases, this will be possible, but for international 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. Student visa holders are permitted to take a position as a Sabbatical Officer in the Students' Association.