Doctorate Extension Scheme

WORKING AFTER YOUR STUDIES – FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

PhD students who are nearing the end of their studies can apply to stay in the UK for a further year under the Doctorate Extension Scheme, which comes under the Tier 4 route. The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) is designed to give PhD graduates from outside the EU the opportunity to work in the UK for a year once they have completed the PhD. Students who hold this visa can undertake most forms of work on a full or part-time basis, including self-employment, but cannot work as a doctor or dentist in training or a professional sportsperson or coach.

Students interested in applying for the DES are advised to start thinking about their application a couple of months before they need to apply. A new CAS from King’s is required for the DES application, and it is recommended that students request this CAS at the same time as their viva, or just afterwards. Together with completing the online CAS request form, students must also complete a declaration form, agreeing to respond to King’s monitoring emails during your time on the Tier 4 (DES) visa.

Please note: you cannot apply for the Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) from outside the UK.

To find out if you are eligible, and for further advice, please visit the Student Advice Service’s intranet page