Working in the UK

Your ability to work in the UK depends on what kind of visa you hold. Some students are also interested in staying in the UK to work after studies.

Tier 4 Students: Paper people holding hands in a circle

Tier 4 students are permitted to work in the UK and the number of hours allowed is based on what kind of course you are studying. 

  • Degree-level and above: you can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and a maximum of 40 hours per week during holiday periods

Your visa should also state exactly what your work entitlement is, but if you are unsure about anything then please ask the Visa & Compliance Team.

UK Employers should do a Right to Work check when they hire you, and part of this may involve getting a work entitlement letter from the University (since the University is your sponsor in the UK). If you require a work entitlement letter, please contact in the first instance.

Please note: it is very important that you not work any more than your visa allows. Working extra hours can have serious consequences and affect your immigration status in the UK.

Staying in the UK to work after studies:

Tier 4 students will have a "wrap-up period" (extra weeks/months) at the end of their visas after their course finishes. Students can spend this time looking for work in the UK and trying to find an employer who may be able to sponsor under the Tier 2 visa route

Useful resources from UK Visas & Immigration regarding work and business visas: 

A Guide to UK Business and Work Visas (PDF, 2.8MB)

Working in the UK after your studies (PDF, 1.5MB)

Applying for a UK Business or Work Visa (PDF, 1.8MB)

Top Tips for UK Work Visas (PDF, .3MB)

Guide for Academic Visitors (PDF, .5MB)


If you have any questions about your work entitlement or would like to speak to an Advisor, E: 

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