Tier 4 Visas: Working during your Studies

Your Tier 4 visa allows limited working rights in the UK. Your work rights are connected to your visa and student status, so you must stop working immediately if your visa expires or you stop studying, including if you take an interruption to your studies or a leave of absence.

For more detailed information on working conditions, working hours and the types of work you can undertake please read:

 ‌ Guide to Tier 4 Working Conditions

It will be stated on your visa if you can work and the amount of hours you are allowed to work per week. A week is defined as a 7-day period starting on a Monday and ending on the following Sunday:

If your course of study is at degree level or above you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacations. Please see the University website to check your official vacation periods.

If your course of study is below degree level you will be able to work 10 hours per week during term time and full-time during vacations. 

Your hours limit includes any paid work, unpaid work, voluntary work or otherwise and internships. You must not work beyond your allowed working hours or do any prohibited work. Breaking of working rights can result in cancellation of your visa, fines and/or a ban on entry to the UK.

You can work full-time during vacation periods and after you have completed your course of study. This depends on the level of course you are studying:

You can work full-time during vacation periods according to the University’s official vacation dates, including Christmas, Easter and Summer. You can work full-time once you have completed your course in full, meaning all assessed coursework and exams.

You can work full-time during Christmas and Easter vacation periods but not during the summer as you should be working full-time on your dissertation. You can work full-time once you have completed your course, meaning you have finished all taught components and submitted all assessed work including your final dissertation.

You cannot work full-time during standard University vacation periods, but you are permitted a maximum of 8 weeks’ vacation period each academic year as agreed with your supervisor and recorded by your School office. You can work full-time during these vacation periods, but only up to 8 weeks per academic year. You can work full-time once you have completed your course, meaning you have submitted your final corrected and approved thesis via eScholar.

You must not:

  • fill a full-time, permanent vacancy (except on a recognised foundation programme or as a students’ union sabbatical officer).
  • be employed as a doctor in training (except on a recognised foundation programme);
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson (including a sports coach);
  • be employed as an entertainer;
  • be self-employed or engage in business activity

 

Finding part-time job opportunities

Login to your CareersLink account or visit the University's Careers Service for information on part-time job vacancies, work experience, and volunteering opportunities. The Careers Service is based in the Atrium on the first floor of University Place.