Work rules during your studies
Tier 4 and Student Visa holders
Students with a valid Tier 4 or Student Visa are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacation times, including the time between the end of your course and the end of your student visa (up to a maximum of four months).
A term-time work placement during your studies is only permitted if it is an assessed part of the course and you will get credit for it.
Tier 4/Student Visa holders may not fill a permanent full-time vacancy, which is viewed as pursuing a career. Furthermore it is not possible for to be self-employed, employed as a doctor in training (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme) or as a professional sportsperson (including coach) or entertainer.
MSc students are permitted to work full-time hours during the official College Christmas and Easter closure times and after the official course end date (normally the last four months of the visa).
PhD students are permitted to work full-time hours during the official College Christmas and Easter closure times and after final corrections to the thesis have been submitted.
Under the current working rules for students you may not undertake a paid consultancy role as this would be classified as being self-employed. Please read our information sheet for guidance on the difference between being an employee and being self-employed [pdf].
EU/EEA/Swiss settled and pre-settled status
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who hold settled or pre-settled status in the UK have no work restrictions.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who enter the UK from 1 January 2021 and require a Student Visa will fall under the work restrictions for the Student Visa route.