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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 after their studies 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 or a Graduate Route 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.

Frequently asked questions

Working in the UK after your studies on a Student Route visa and GR (Graduate Route) timeline​*

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*This only applies to UG and PGT students. Those students at Research level (such as PhD candidates) will only be able to start working full-time after successful completion.

**According to the official University term dates and as stated on your Certificate of Registration. Available through the Student Portal.

† This timeline is designed to provide generic support and is not intended to be exhaustive. Immigration rules can be far-reaching and based on your personal circumstances – please fully read and prepare according to your individual circumstances.