Doctorate Extension Scheme


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

Skills for Success: Living & Studying In a UK Cultural Context

A course of four, interactive, cross-cultural learning and support sessions is being offered to international postgraduate students registered at King’s College.

This short series of workshops will be of interest and benefit to international students who would like to enhance their cross-cultural competence and gain insights into aspects of living and studying in the UK to support their studies at King’s.

The sessions will be held on four wednesdays 2.30-4.00pm starting from 13th November. See below for all dates:

Each session will focus on developing a different skill:

Session 1: 13th November – Introductions to the course and each other; what is culture?

Session 2: 20th November – Participating in academic groups

Session 3: 27th November – Social conversation

Session 4: 4th December – Seeking help and expressing disagreement

Please note:

  • The sessions are being offered as a ‘closed’ group for a 15-20 students, who will aim attend all four sessions
  • To maximise learning outcomes and mutual support, students will unfortunately not be able to join the group after the first session
  • A commitment to attend all four modules of the course will be required
  • The sessions are offered as an optional, professional development training and do not lead to any kind of qualification or certification

This course is jointly run by the Student Advice and International Student Support and Counselling departments. All sessions will be held at the Waterloo campus, Franklin Wilkins Building.

If you are interested in joining all four cross cultural training sessions, send an email to Jennifer Raper setting out why this training is of interest and of use to you. Please provide as much information as you can, so I can gain understanding about the specific cultural areas of interest to you: Email Jennifer Raper at

Working after Studies workshop

Friday 14th June 2013, 11am, room K0.20, Strand Campus

Are you an overseas student who is keen to stay in the UK to work after your studies? If so, you may be interested in attending the ‘Working after studies workshop’ that the Student Advice & International Student Support Team at King’s is running alongside Careers staff. Here they will be able to talk to you about the immigration routes available to international students who want to start work in the UK at the end of their studies.

For general guidance about the immigration routes available to international students please refer to the link here:

There’s more information about the event on the Facebook page at:

If you are interested in the event but are unable to make it please get in touch with us to let us know or contact the Student Advice Team direct at: Tel:  +44 20 7848 7070; email: and/or our website at: