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Working while you study

International postgraduate research 2017/18 entrants

Information about working while you study

You must have the independent financial means to pay your fees, plus all of your living costs for the duration of your course

It is a condition of your visa that you must be able to support yourself financially (and your family, if they are with you in the UK) without having to rely on earnings from part-time work.

Our advice to all postgraduate research students is that you should not be working more than six hours per week. If you work more than six hours per week, you could compromise your place on your research degree programme.

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The rules

  • Check your Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) – this will tell you if there are any restrictions on you working in the UK and how many hours you are able to work

  • Be aware that if you breach these conditions you could be fined, detained and/or removed from the UK

  • If you are a student from outside the European Economic Area you can usually work in the UK if you are studying on a course that lasts six months or more at a higher education institution. But you should check your passport for permissions. Except in the case of an agreed work placement or internship, which has been organised in conjunction with the University, international students must not work for more than 20 hours per week during term time, while some students are only allowed to work 10 hours per week

  • International students from outside the European Economic Area are not required to get permission from a Job Centre to work in the UK and you do not need individual permission from the Department for Education and Skills or Work Permits UK

  • You are unable to engage in business or self-employment

  • You are not allowed to apply for or fill a permanent full-time vacancy

If you are a student from the European Economic Area you do not need permission to work in the UK and there are no restrictions on the number of hours you can work.