Working in the UK during your studies

You should make sure that you are aware of the working conditions of your Tier 4 visa.

Tier 4 visas have strict conditions. A Tier 4 visa will only allow you to work (paid or unpaid) within the following limits:

  • Students below degree level study 10 hours per week during term time (Monday to Sunday)
  • Students at degree level study 20 hours per week during term time (Monday to Sunday)

Please refer to the relevant webpages for further information about working in the UK during your studies, depending on your programme of study:

You may work full-time during the vacation period for your particular programme or at the end of your programme, when you have fully completed all of your studies.

If you think that the conditions on your visa are incorrect, please contact the Visa Support Team.

Further conditions regarding employment

There are restrictions on the type of work you can take. You cannot:

  • Be self-employed or engage in business activity
  • work as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach
  • work as an entertainer
  • take a permanent full-time job
  • be a doctor or dentist in training, unless you are on the foundation programme.

Further information on Tier 4 working conditions can be found on the UKCISA website.

Working at Newcastle University

If you wish to work at Newcastle University during your studies, there are 3 different types of employment route you can take.

You should ensure that any work with Newcastle University combined with any work you take outside of the University does not take you over the term-time working hours limit for your visa.

If you have any concerns about your Tier 4 working conditions, please contact the Visa Support Team before taking any paid or unpaid employment.

Working in the UK after your studies

When you have finished you programme, you may wish to switch in to an immigration category to allow you to remain in the UK to work.

How can the Visa Support Team assist you with your plans?

The Visa Support Team offers a monthly workshop with the Careers Service to give guidance on the following immigration routes:

In addition, the Visa Support Team assists Postgraduate Research Students with applications for the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme.


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