Working on a Student visa

You can contact the Careers team at Brookes to find out about work opportunities.

How many hours can you work?

Working when studying on a Student or Tier 4 visa below degree level


You should be able to work up to a maximum of 10 hours a week during semester time (see semester dates below). It is very important that you never work more than the maximum hours allowed, even for just one week. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.  The UKVI consider a week to start on a Monday and finish on a Sunday.  If you work less hours in one week, it does not mean you can work more the following week. 

During University vacation periods you are free to work full time.  If your employer asks for proof of the vacation period, you can refer them to the Official University Semester Dates on the website. 

The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

Working when studying on a Student or Tier 4 visa at degree level

You should be able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week during semester time (see semester dates below). It is very important that you never work more than the maximum hours allowed, even for just one week. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence. The UKVI consider a week to start on a Monday and finish on a Sunday.  If you work less hours in one week, it does not mean you can work more the following week. 

During University vacation periods you are free to work full time.  If your employer asks for proof of the vacation period, you can refer them to the Official University Semester Dates on the website.  Please note that vacation periods differ depending on which course you are studying, for example, if you are a masters student the holiday period does not apply when you are writing your dissertation. During this period you are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. For more details, see semester dates below.  

The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

Working on a Student or Tier 4 visa when you have completed your course

After the end date of your course has passed (as recorded on your Student Portal) you can work full time, as this is no longer considered to be semester time.  Whilst still on a Student Visa, you should not start a permanent post.  This means a job without an end date.  

If you complete your course early, the University will report this to the UKVI and they will shorten your visa.  If you course is longer than 12 months long, they will shorten it to 4 months from your new course end date.  


Short-term Student visa or Visitor visa

You cannot work if you have a Short-term Student visa or a Visitor as this would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.

The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

Semester dates

Your employer should ask you to confirm what your semester dates are so they know how many hours you are allowed to work. They can view your semester dates below and you can provide them with an attendance letter from Student Central to confirm the course you are studying.

Undergraduate degree, Foundation course or Pre-masters course

Refer to the dates of the Undergraduate Modular Programme. You can get a verified (embossed) copy of the above dates from Student Central.

Taught Masters courses

Refer to the dates of the Postgraduate Taught programme (except for students studying MA in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding and MSc Real Estate Investment Finance who should contact their Programme Administrator). You can get a verified (embossed) copy of the Postgraduate Taught programme dates from Student Central.

University English courses

  • Semester 1: 20 September - 10 December 2021
  • Semester 2: 24 January - 29 April 2022 (including Easter break)
  • Semester 3: 6 June - 26 August 2022

Research degrees

Contact the Research Degrees Team.

GDL, Education and Associate Colleges

Students doing the Graduate Diploma in Law or doing term rather than semester based courses (e.g. education courses) need to check their semester dates with their Programme Administrator.

If you are studying at an Associate College Partner then you will need to contact your college directly to check your semester dates.