Working part-time as a student can help you to develop a number of useful skills, alongside studying for your degree. If you are on a Student visa, you must follow certain rules if you wish to work throughout your studies, depending on your level of study.
How many hours can I work?
- Undergraduate students doing a full-time degree, can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time, and can work full-time during University vacation periods.
- Masters students on a Student visa can work a maximum of 20 hours during Semester 3. This is still classified as term time, as you are expected to be completing your dissertation throughout this semester. You can check the Faculty Calendar for more information on term time dates for each Faculty and Department.
- PhD students are entitled to 8 weeks’ annual leave and can work during their annual leave period.
Students on a part-time Student visa cannot undertake any work at all. They also can not take any programmes of study that include a work placement as part of their programme of study.
What type of work can I do?
Students can undertake any sort of work apart from the following:
- Be self-employed or engage in business activity; or
- Work as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach); or
- Work as an entertainer unless; or
- Work in a position which would fill a permanent full-time vacancy
Students who have applied for the Doctorate Extension Scheme or the Start-up Visa may be exempt from some of the above restrictions. If you think this may apply to you please contact the visa advice team for further advice.
Important to know:
- For more information about working in the UK on a Student visa take a look at our helpful Advice Guide for International Students wishing to work alongside their studies.
- If you are unsure of how many hours you are able to work during your studies, your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will also state the maximum amount of hours you are able to work while studying.
- You’ll be told what you can and cannot do on a Student visa, once your visa application has been approved.