Working in the UK after your studies

There are different options for staying in the UK and finding work after you have completed your studies.

There are fewer restrictions for companies employing international graduates who are switching from a Tier 4 student visa in the UK, than for employing students who have been studying outside the UK.

Visa options

Read UKCISA's working after studies guidance for more information. 

We recommend that you start planning early if you wish to work here after your studies. The Careers Service can help your prepare for the UK job market. If you wish to discuss the visa options further, contact us.

Careers information

The Careers Service offer help and advice about working in the UK and the UK job market.

Thanks to the Doctoral Extension Scheme, I was able to stay in the UK for another year after my PhD with full-time working rights. The visa also allowed my partner to find work here. The advice I got from staff in the International Office to apply well ahead of my dissertation submission and viva dates was invaluable.

Qin, China
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