The University applies strict working restrictions on students, which continue for graduates even after submission of thesis for examination:
Undergraduate students are expected not to work during term-time.
Graduate students undertaking a course of less than twelve months are expected not to 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 prior to undertaking the work;
- where the work is academic-related;
- if the work occurs within a Department or Faculty or College. The work cannot take place outside the University or College.
Please note some grant-awarding bodies only allow a maximum of six hours per week.
Working after submission of PhD thesis for examination
- The period between submission of thesis for examination and official notification of viva outcome is considered to be 'vacation' period and you can work full time.
- The period between official notification of the viva outcome and unconditional approval of degree, which includes time working on corrections if applicable, is considered a return to full-time study. Working can be undertaken as follows:
- students who are not studying on a Tier 4 visa can continue to work full-time during this period unless the viva outcome is ‘revise and resubmit’.
- students on a Tier 4 visa can only work for up to 20 hours a week in accordance with the restrictions of their Tier 4 visa.
Please note that extensions to the deadline for submitting corrections on the grounds of employment would not be approved.
You may also wish to refer to our work visas for after study page.