Funding your course
The Student Gateway contains information for current students about your course fees and funding which may be available to support your study from both the University and external bodies. Whilst the University expects you to have your finances arranged for the full duration of your course, should you, unexpectedly, get into financial difficulty during your time here, the University does provide some hardship funds to support its students.
You will recall that when you applied, you had to prove that you could finance yourself for the entire course and that you should not expect to support yourself by working during your studies. The University restricts the type of work you may do, and the hours; if you hold a UK visa to study then the UK Government also limits the opportunities to work.
Working during your studies
Due to the intensity of study, the University applies strict working restrictions on students, which continue for graduates even after you submit. If you hold a UK student visa, the UK Home Office sets the conditions on working during term-time, in vacations and after you complete your studies. You must adhere to these.
Undergraduate students are not expected to work during term-time.
Graduate students undertaking a course of less than twelve months cannot work during term-time
Graduate students undertaking a course of more than twelve months may work up to a maximum of ten hours per week but only:
- on the approval of your supervisor and College tutor;
- where the work relates to your studies or career progression;
- if the work occurs within a department or College. The work cannot take place outside the University or College.
Often the work is limited to six hours per week. This is because some grant-awarding bodies only allow a maximum of six hours per week.
Visiting students must obtain agreement from their host department to work. The host department sets the amount of work permitted.
If you are here on a Tier 4 visa
Unless you are undertaking the Diploma in Economics, the Certificate in Theological Studies or the Certificate in Theology for Ministry the UKBA limits you to 20 hours per week during term-time. For these named courses, the UKBA limits you to 10 hours per week during term-time. However, as noted above, the University imposes greater work restrictions and so you must abide by the University regulations.
Working after your studies
Once you have completed your course and your visa remains valid, the UKBA allows you to work full-time, within the following limits.
- You cannot fill a full-time permanent vacancy (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme);
- You cannot be self-employed;
- You cannot be employed as a doctor in training (except on a recognised Foundation Programme) or as a professional sportsperson, coach or entertainer.
Graduate students note, completing your course means receiving the outcome of the approval process.
However, if you complete your course early (that is, you complete earlier than the course end date stated in your CAS), we must inform the UKBA. This office e-mails you if we inform the UKBA you have completed early. The UKBA now limits your permission to stay, normally allowing you 60 days to vary your leave, change Sponsor or leave the UK. The UKBA will inform you by letter, usually sent via this office.
Therefore, do not assume you can remain to work in the UK if you finish early.