Working in the UK during your studies (in line with your conditions)
You can work a restricted number of hours while in the UK. This will be either 10 or 20 hours per week during term-time, depending on your course. Voluntary work, internships and work placements count towards your working hour limit.
"Week" means any 7-day period starting on a Monday, so if you work irregular hours and/or have more than one employer, you will need to keep detailed records of how many hours you work each day in order to ensure you do not exceed the limit.
Although you can work, remember that your student visa is for full-time study in the UK. Make sure that your work does not affect your studies or prevent you from attending teaching events.
During the University’s published holiday periods (Christmas and Easter), the restriction on the hours you can work does not apply, and you can work more than 20 hours per week during this period. Please check our key dates before you increase your working hours. If you are a postgraduate student (Masters or PhD), the summer break between exams and the new academic year is not a holiday period and you cannot increase your working hours. You cannot increase your working hours during your dissertation or thesis writing-up period.
You may work more than 20 hours in a week in the period between your course end date and your visa expiring (if you have definitely finished your course and have no more studying including corrections, revising, preparing for re-assessments and/or viva). If you finish your course earlier than expected, the period between your earlier course end date and your visa expiry date may be shortened by the UKVI, depending how early you complete the course.
Masters students are not allowed to work in excess of 20 hours per week until after your course end date (as stated on your CAS statement). During the period between the end of Trimester 3 and your course end date, you are still considered to be completing your dissertation to finish your University course. This means you are still considered to be in full-time study and cannot work more than 20 hours per week.