Academic progression for continuing students

Students can only apply for a visa extension to complete their course from inside the UK if they meet the academic progression requirements listed below.

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Taught students 

If you are extending your Student Visa to complete your course, you can only apply in the UK if you meet the academic progression rules or are exempt.

You can apply in the UK if you are

  • applying as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer or you are applying for a visa to return to complete your course after your post has ended
  • repeating course modules or re-sitting exams, or have done so in the past
  • undertaking a work placement or study abroad year, or have done so in the past
  • moving up a level as part of an integrated masters course (eg you are applying to change from BEng to MEng)
  • studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine and science and have completed a period of intercalation
  • adding a study abroad programme or work placement which is an integral and assessed part of the course, or to complete your course after completing a study abroad programme or work placement.

If none of the above applies to you, then you must apply for your visa from outside the UK.

If you are repeating or have previously repeated, have previously changed course and need a visa extension, you can only apply in the UK if you are repeating course modules or have repeated modules from the course that you have changed to.


Research students

Where you are extending your Student Visa to complete a postgraduate research course you may not be able to apply in the UK to do so.

You can apply in the UK if you

  • are applying to complete the PhD or doctoral qualification (RQF Level 8) you have been studying on your most recent Student or Tier 4 visa
  • are transferring your PhD or doctoral qualification from a different University (you must be continuing the same PhD and carrying over your previous work)

You cannot apply in the UK if you

  • have changed PhD programme and are starting a new one
  • are studying a postgraduate research qualification below doctoral level (eg an MPhil)
  • have been downgraded from PhD to MPhil and must apply for a new visa before studying the MPhil

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