Transferring your course

Transferring your course could affect your immigration status. Your CAS number was issued to study the course stated in your CAS email only. If you transfer course, you may be required to obtain a new visa, for which you will need a new CAS. Please note you may be required to return to your home country to make the new visa application in order to transfer course.

Check transfer requirements and find out how we can help: read Transferring course and your Tier 4 visa (PDF, 158kB)

Upgrading your course

This refers to cases when you are tranferring from the lower level (e.g. BEng or BSc) to the higher level of an integrated Masters course (e.g. MEng or MSci), or from an integrated Masters to a PhD programme. This is considered a course transfer so please read Transferring course and your Tier 4 visa (PDF, 158kB) for information. You will need to apply for a new visa at the point of transfer as your course will be longer. You may be able to apply for the new visa in the UK if it is an integrated programme.

Speak to a Student Visa Adviser at a drop-in session to find out more.

Downgrading your course

This refers to cases when you are transferring from the higher level of an integrated Masters (e.g. MEng or MSci) to the lower level (BEng or BSc) course, or an integrated PhD programme to a Masters or an MPhil. This is considered a course transfer so please read Transferring course and your Tier 4 visa (PDF, 158kB) for information. You will need to apply for a new visa at the point of transfer and you must make your application outside the UK.

Alternatively, if the transfer is voluntary you could discuss with your Faculty whether or not it would be possible for you to downgrade at the end of your studies instead. This would involve exiting your course with a lower award, which would lead to your visa being curtailed (i.e. shorterned) to 60 days from the date of the award. Please note that you would not be able to work in the UK during these 60 days. If you wish to do another course in the UK, you will need to make your Tier 4 visa application overseas. 

Speak to a Student Visa Adviser at a drop-in session to find out more.

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