Student Progress

Graduate route

What is the Graduate Route?

The Graduate Route ("Post-study work") is a work route for students who have completed an eligible programme of study to remain in the UK to work after their studies. Most graduates will be able to stay for 2 years while PhD or doctoral graduates can stay up to 3 years.

In general, to be eligible for the Graduate Route, you must have:

  • Successfully completed an eligible programme of study;
  • Studied at least 12 months in the UK; and
  • Hold a Tier 4 or Student Route visa

Please note that if you currently have or had previously been granted a Doctorate Extension Visa, you will not be able to apply under the Graduate Route.

If you have been financially sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency in the 12 months before you apply under the Graduate Route, which covers both tuition fees and living cost, you will need written consent from the financial sponsor to remain in the UK under the Graduate Route.