Study/time limit extensions

How to extend your study/time limits as a postgraduate student on a Student or Tier 4 visa.

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Study extension (PGT)

If you're a taught postgraduate student and require a study extension to submit your dissertation, please apply through your department for approval.

If you're required to have regular meetings with your department and you must remain in the UK to work on your dissertation, please mention this on your application form.

If the duration of your requested study extension is more than four months, your department must provide International Student Support (ISS) with a justification for your extra time.

You'll only be assigned a CAS if ISS accept this as a valid reason.

We can't issue a new CAS to you if:

  • your re-submission date is before your visa expiry date; or
  • you aren't required to have regular meetings with your department; and
  • you can re-submit your work from your home country (you must leave the UK and submit online)

A study extension doesn't exempt you from meeting the academic progression requirements.

If you make a further Student Visa application for your existing course, you must apply outside the UK.


Time limit extension (PGR)

Extension to complete PhD

Once your extension has been approved, you must apply for your visa before your new course end date or your visa expiry date (whichever is sooner). 

Your new visa expiry date will be your new thesis submission date + 10 weeks + four months.

Submitted thesis and awaiting viva

If you've submitted your thesis and awaiting your viva you can either:

  • Apply for a Student Visa extension inside the UK if your Student or Tier 4 visa is still valid. A CAS can only be issued for this if your expected or actual viva date is still in the future at the time the CAS is issued
  • Leave the UK before your visa expires and return for the viva using a Visitor Visa.

With a Student Visa, your new visa expiry date will be your current thesis submission date + 10 weeks (or actual viva date) + four months.

Minor corrections (three months), major corrections (six months) and resubmission (12 months) without a second viva

You can apply for a Student visa extension inside the UK if

  • you have received the outcome of your viva before your current visa expires, and
  • your new course end date is after your current visa expires

Your new visa expiry date will be four months after your new course end date.

Resubmission (12 months) with a second viva

You can apply for a Student Visa extension inside the UK if

  • you have received the outcome of your viva before your current visa expires, and
  • your new course end date is after your current visa expires

Your new visa expiry date will be your resubmission date + 10 weeks (or actual 2nd viva date) + four months

Alternatively, you could leave the UK before your visa expires and return for the second viva using a Visitor visa.

Please note: if you complete your course with a Visitor visa you will not be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route.


How to extend your study/time limit

  1. Discuss your proposed study extension with your supervisor/academic advisor in your department.
  2. Use our self-help tool for information on the actions you're required to take regarding your visa.
  3. Complete the student details section of the relevant application form below:

    Download PGT application for extension to studies (PDF, 164kb)

    Download PGR application for extension to time limit (PDF, 136kb)

  4. Complete the rest of the form with your academic advisor/supervisor and both sign it.
  5. Submit your completed form to your academic department for approval.
  6. If your extension is approved you'll receive confirmation to your University email.

Financial implications

  • You may be required to pay an extension fee as a result of your study/time limit extension.
  • If you're a PGT student, your study extension may also impact on tuition fees (paid or due).
  • If you finish before the extension deadline you are eligible for a pro rata refund of the extension fee.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

If your course requires ATAS clearance and your course end date is extended by 3 months or more, you must apply for new ATAS clearance.

  • Your new ATAS certificate will only be valid for six months.
  • You must provide evidence of applying for ATAS clearance with your relevant extension form.
  • If you submit your visa application more than 6 months after the new ATAS is issued, you'll need to apply for ATAS clearance again before applying for the visa.

Visit the ATAS page for more information on how to apply (student login required).

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