Working after your studies

Find out about working in the UK and specific information about work visas such as Tier 2, Tier 1 and Tier 5.

Finding a graduate job

You can search for graduate jobs through our CareerHub, and get specialist careers advice from our advisers in the Careers and Employability Centre.

If you are applying for a permanent, full-time job, it may say: “Do you have permission to work in the UK?” on your application. If you are still on a Tier 4 visa, you do not have this permission.

You must contact the employer to tell them your immigration status in the UK and that you can apply to switch into a work category (i.e. Tier 2) if they can sponsor you.

Check if an employer is on the register of Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors.

If you want to apply for a work visa after you finish your studies, you may need to apply in the UK.

Therefore you should not leave the UK after your course finishes as you will normally be refused entry to the UK if you attempt to re-enter on your current visa.

Different types of work visa

Find out about Tier 2, Tier 5 and other work categories on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

Working after a PhD

Find out about the Doctorate Extension Scheme if you’re looking to work in the UK after finishing your PhD.

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