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WorkING While You Study 

Learn all about your right to work while you're studying with us

Working during your studies is a great way to build new skills, contribute to your local community, and earn a little extra money to fund your university experience. If you're an international student, there are plenty of opportunities open to you, and a few restrictions to know about too.

Working on a Tier 4 student visa

During term time

On a Tier 4 visa, you can work or volunteer for up to 20 hours a week during term time – as defined by the official timetable. But it's very important that you don't work any more than this. If you do, you'll be classified as working illegally, and this will affect your visa. You can find out more about Tier 4 Visas on the UK Government website.

The 20 hours a week you can work includes all employment and any voluntary work too. So if you have a paid job for 15 hours a week, you can't do more than 5 hours voluntary work alongside it.

You also can't work more than 20 hours one week, and less than 20 hours the next week, and then take an average of your working time – your 20 hours must always fall within a single Monday to Sunday period.

Outside term time

Outside of term time, your working restrictions will depend on whether you're studying an undergraduate, taught postgraduate or research postgraduate course. You can find the specific restrictions throughout the year below:

Working restrictions (Full-time students)


Time of year Working restrictions

Teaching Blocks (including Consolidation Weeks, Assessment Periods, Re-Sits and Directed Activity)

20 hours per week

Winter and Spring breaks

No restrictions

During your exam re-sits

20 hours per week, until you finish your last exam

When you're re-submitting coursework or a dissertation

20 hours per week

Summer vacation

No restrictions, as long as you've finished any exam re-sits

After your course ends (as recorded in our student record system, until the end of your Tier 4 visa)

No restrictions until your Visa end date, as long as you've finished any exam re-sits


Time of year Working restrictions

Teaching Blocks (including Consolidation Weeks, Assessment Periods, Re-Sits and Directed Activity)

20 hours per week

Winter and Spring breaks

No restrictions

During your exam re-sits

20 hours per week, until you finish your last exam

When you're re-submitting coursework or a dissertation

20 hours per week

Summer vacation

20 hours per week, until the course end date and after your last exam or hand in is completed

After your course ends (as recorded in our student record system, until the end of your Tier 4 visa)

No restrictions until your Visa end date, as long as you've finished any exam re-sits


Time of year Working restrictions

Teaching Blocks (including Consolidation Weeks, Assessment Periods, Re-Sits and Directed Activity)

20 hours per week

Winter and Spring breaks

No restrictions

During your exam re-sits

20 hours per week, until you finish your last exam

When you're re-submitting coursework or a dissertation

20 hours per week

Summer vacation

No restrictions, depending on your course vacation dates, and as long as you have completed your last exam/final hand-in

After your course ends (as recorded in our student record system, until the end of your Tier 4 visa)

No restrictions until your Visa end date, as long as you've finished any exam re-sits

 

You can see the dates from the end of teaching block 2, 2018/19 to teaching block 1, 2019/20, on our key dates page. Please contact your Faculty Office if you have any questions.

Most of our postgraduate courses have no restrictions on working during the summer vacation, but this is subject to change. You should always check with your Faculty Office.

The following courses have individual restrictions and exceptions:

  • School of Computing courses– from June-Sept, during the period you'll be writing up your project, 20 hours per week restriction
  • Maths courses – from end of Teaching Block 2 to start of Teaching Block 1, no working restrictions
  • Engineering MSc – from end of Teaching Block 2 to start of Teaching Block 1, no working restrictions
  • MSc International Business and Management – from end of Teaching Block 2 to start of Teaching Block 1, no working restrictions
  • MSc Project Management – from end of Teaching Block 2 to start of Teaching Block 1, no working restrictions
  • Global MBA – from end of Teaching Block 2 to start of Teaching Block 1, no working restrictions

Time of year Working restrictions

Teaching Blocks (including Consolidation Weeks, Assessment Periods, Re-Sits and Directed Activity)

20 hours per week, except within recognised Annual Leave periods

Winter and Spring breaks

As above

Undertaking viva amendments

As above

Summer vacation

As above

After your course ends (as recorded in our student record system, until the end of your Tier 4 visa)

No restrictions until your visa end date, as long as you’ve submitted the final bound copy of your thesis

 

If you’re on a bursary, and you’re expected to undertake 6 hours per week assistance to teaching, this would count towards your 20 hours per week restrictions.

If a you wish to take Annual Leave from your studies in order to work more than 20 hours for a period during term time, you’ll need to do the following before the excess hours are worked:

  • Obtain written authorisation from your PhD supervisor for the period of annual leave, which includes the specific dates of the leave which has been authorised.
  • Take this written authorisation to your Departmental Administrators (Research Contact) who will then confirm that these leave dates have been added into the Student 'Authorised Absence' Notes on your Student Record, and then issue an Authorised Absence letter if required. 

Please note, you must obtain authorisation and ensure this is recorded on your student record before you undertake any full time work. Your annual leave is a maximum of 6 weeks within the year, not including bank holidays and university Christmas closure.

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