Working in the UK after your studies
We can advise about and support applications for Tier 1 Start-up visa and Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa.
Tier 1 Start-up
The Tier 1 Start-up visa has now replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa. Tier 1 Start-up is a UKVI initiative under which the University of Bristol is able to endorse a limited number of entrepreneurs for the 2 year visa. This is those who want to set up a business in the UK and whose business venture meets the requirements of innovation, viability and scalability.
Please see the UKVI website for further information about Start-up.
We hope to be operating the scheme for endorsement of applicants later in 2019 and will publish further information here when available.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa
Please see Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa information (PDF, 136kB) for details.
The Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) gives students who have almost finished their PhD an additional 12 months of Tier 4 immigration permission to remain in the UK to look for work. You must have a current Tier 4 student visa to participate in the scheme, and you can only apply from inside the UK. You must also obtain a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University of Bristol.
If your PhD has already been awarded at the Examinations Board, you will not be eligible to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
The Careers Service offers help and advice about working in the UK. We recommend that you start planning early if you wish to work in the UK after your studies.