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International Students


Only certain courses can be considered for part-time student visa sponsorship. You are advised to read the information on our studying part-time page.

Requirements and restrictions

The requirements and application process for a part-time student visa are the same as for full-time studies but the visa is more restrictive as you:

  • cannot undertake any work in the UK, including placements or voluntary work;
  • cannot bring family members as visa dependants;
  • cannot switch to a full-time student visa inside the UK if mode of study changes.

Part-time students should read the responsibilities guide on a part-time student visa.

In addition to the visa application fee, students will need to pay the immigration health surcharge which is charged at £470 for each year the visa will be granted. A student starting a part-time PhD will be sponsored for a 7-year visa and 4 additional months will be granted from the end date. The immigration health surcharge will therefore be £3525, in addition to the visa application fee, and paid at the point of application. In order to matriculate and commence studies, you will be required to provide evidence of your student visa.

Research degrees - current students

Current students considering changing from full-time to part-time study should read the information under ‘Changing your mode of study’ in the Changes in Circumstances section.