Can international postgraduate students work in the UK? 

Updated on: Aug 10, 2023

Yes, international postgraduate students can work in the UK while studying, but there are some restrictions on the number of hours they can work and the type of work they can do.

According to the current rules, international postgraduate students with a Tier 4 visa (now known as the Student visa) can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during holidays. However, they cannot work as a professional sportsperson or coach, a doctor or dentist in training, or a professional entertainer.

Additionally, students from certain countries may need to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from their employer in order to work in the UK. It's important for international students to check their visa conditions and consult with their university's international student office or an immigration advisor to understand their rights and restrictions regarding work.

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