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After your studies

Our support doesn't stop once you graduate. Here are just some of the ways we can help you getting a flying start in your chosen career.

Working in the UK after your studies

The regulations governing working after your course are subject to constant change, so please speak with the International Student Advice Team to find out what options may be available to you.

Please check UKCISA  and GOV.UK for up to date changes.

Graduate route

The UK government has announced the introduction of a Graduate Route visa (also known as Post Study work) for International students.

Applications open on Thursday 1 July 2021 at 9.00am. Students holding a valid Tier 4 or Student route visa, who have completed a degree programme at Undergraduate level or above will be able to apply to remain in the UK and work.

This visa will allow students to remain in the UK and work for:

  • 2 years after they complete their Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree at Middlesex University
  • 3 years after they complete their Ph.D. at Middlesex University.

We recommend watching the UKCISA webinar on the Graduate Route as it covers eligibility, applications, and work options under the Graduate Route, followed by Q&A.

COVID-19 concessions and deadlines for students who are due to complete their programme in 2021

The Graduate route expects that you study your course fully in the UK. However, the government has recognised that some students have commenced studies remotely due to COVID-19.

If you have been distance learning in your home country for the whole course so far, you need to come to the UK under the Student route by 27 September 2021. If your Student visa ends before that date anyway, you must come to the UK by the end date of your visa.

You can find the most up-to-date information about the Graduate Route on the Home Office website and the UKCISA website.

We will continue to update this page as we know more.

Our employability service

We provide a range of opportunities and services to support your development. You can use these services as and when you need throughout your time at MDX to get prepared for your future.

Whether your ambition is to find a graduate job, create your own business or continue studying, we can help you.

Have a look through our employment section for more information.

Start-up and innovator schemes

The Start-up scheme* is designed to help students and graduates, including those with Student route (formerly tier 4) visas, who want to start a business in the UK.

The scheme is run by our Enterprise Development Hub who will guide you through the application process and perform an assessment of your business plan as it's essential you have a business plan endorsed by a Home Office-approved endorsing body.

The scheme is open to graduates from any UK institution, but limited numbers mean that MDX students will be given priority over non-MDX students and graduates.

*This has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.

Doctorate extension scheme

The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) is a Home Office initiative which allows PhD students to extend their Student route (formerly tier 4) visas to remain in the UK for up to one year following graduation.

The scheme can help you gain work experience or give you more time to find employment with an organisation who can offer you a Tier 2 visa.

The DES is offered under the Student route visa and the University will act as a Student route visa sponsor for those on this scheme.

On 1 July 2020, the Home Office announced that as part of this new graduate scheme, international students who complete a PhD from Summer 2021 can stay in the UK for 3 years after their studies to live and work.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the DES, you must:

  • Be enrolled at MDX as a current PhD student
  • Hold a valid Student route (formerly tier 4) (or pre-Student route) visa
  • Hold a valid passport
  • Be due to complete your PhD within the next 60 days
  • Have not yet completed your PhD course

You cannot apply if you do not meet all of these criteria.

From the summer of 2021, the one year Doctorate Extension Scheme will be replaced by the two year Graduate Immigration Route.

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