If you are studying in the UK at degree level or above with a Tier 4 or old-style student visa you will usually be permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and an unlimited number of hours during University vacation periods.
If, however, you are studying on an International Foundation Programme you can work no more than 10 hours per week in term time. If you are on a Pre-Sessional English course and you are thinking about working, please contact us first.
Undergraduate term dates are published on our website here. During official University vacation periods you can work more than 20 hours per week on a Tier 4 Student visa.
Your vacation dates may be different to those published on our website so please check the dates with your School. Please note that just because your classes or exams have finished, you may not be in your official vacation period. Please speak with your School if you are unsure about your official term dates.
If you are writing up a dissertation or thesis, even if you are not attending classes, this is not a vacation period for you. This means that you should not work more than 20 hours per week during this time and should not work full-time until the official end date of your course.
If you have re-sits to do during vacation periods you must not work more than 20 hours per week during this time as this becomes term time for you again.
Postgraduate research courses are run over 52 weeks and as such you do not have vacation periods. All Postgraduate research students can book up to 30 days annual leave and provided that this has been booked officially, is authorised by your School and is recorded on your record you may work more than 20 hours per week during this time.
You are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week once your course end date has passed for a period of 4 months or until your visa expires, whichever is shorter.
You are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week once you have handed in your final bound thesis as you will have no more academic work left to do at this stage. You can only work full-time for a period of 4 months or until your visa expires whichever is shorter.
If you are studying in the UK with a Tier 4 or old-style student visa you will be permitted to do most kinds of work but you must NOT:
Be employed as an entertainer
Be employed as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach
Be self-employed or engage in business activity (see below for details*)
Take a permanent full-time job
Work as a doctor or dentist in training, unless you are on the foundation programme.
Check the UKCISA website for further information.