Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Working in the UK


Many international students plan to work in the UK either during their studies or following graduation. The information below will outline the ways in which you can do this.

Whether you are an international or EU student, there are some rules and regulations to be aware of regarding working in the UK. The University's International Office have produced these leaflets:

Working during your studies PDF format

Working in the UK after completing your studies PDF format

UKCISA blog post: Tier 4 visa and work restrictions


Work experience and internships

In the UK, all employers value relevant work experience. Internships, which are offered in some occupational areas, are paid periods of work, typically undertaken in the summer vacation of your penultimate year.  

Visit the Work experience section to find out more

Blog: the benefits of doing some work experience in the UK

Part-time work

During your studies you may want to gain part-time employment to:

  • give you extra money
  • meet new people and get to know the local community
  • showcase the skills which graduate employers seek, such as teamwork and communication

Part-time and vacation work
Find job vacancies and CV advice


Graduate employment

On our Graduate vacancies page you can find a list of sources of graduate jobs, and information on career sectors on our Types of jobs pages.

The following may also be useful:


Advice on applications

For help with application forms, CVs, assessment centres and interview techniques, use the information in the  making applications section of our website. 

Previous qualifications

When applying for jobs in the UK, you will be asked about your previous qualifications. Consider how your country’s qualifications compare to those in this country. The  UCAS website has standard comparisons for non-A Level qualifications such as the International Baccelaureate. 

International secondary school qualifications

Unfortunately, there are no official equivalencies offered for most international secondary school qualifications.  UK NARIC has introduced a service designed to assist non-UK students in assessing the equivalency of their qualifications. There is a charge for this service. 

Written and verbal English

UK employers expect a good standard of written and verbal English. If you are not a native speaker, try and work hard to improve your English during your time in the UK to maximise your chances of finding graduate employment. 


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