Academic Progression for Continuing Students

Students can only apply in the UK for a visa extension to complete their course if they meet the academic progression rules detailed below.

If you have completed a course and are starting a new one please read the information on the page below:

Taught Students 

Where you are extending your Tier 4 visa to complete your current 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
  • are repeating course modules or re-sitting exams, or have done so in the past
  • are undertaking a work placement or study abroad year, or have done so in the past
  • are moving up a level as part of an integrated masters course (e.g. you are applying to change from BEng to MEng)
  • have studied medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine and science and have completed a period of intercalation

If you 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.

If one of the following does not apply to you then you must apply for your visa from outside the UK.

Research Students

Where you are extending your Tier 4 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 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 (e.g. an MPhil)
  • have been downgraded from PhD to MPhil and must apply for a new visa before studying the MPhil

See also:

Contact International Student Support