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27 UK universities currently participate in the Tier 4 visa pilot scheme for Masters students, making it easier to apply for a visa and increasing the time you can spend in the UK after you graduate.
We've explained how the scheme works, what difference it makes to students and which universities are involved.
Note that this pilot scheme is separate to the new UK two-year post-study work visas that are due to be introduced for all international graduates from summer 2021.
The Tier 4 pilot simplifies the UK's points-based visa system for overseas students. It only applies to international students on postgraduate Masters courses.
Students who apply for a visa under the pilot will be able to:
Note that all other normal UK visa and immigration requirements still apply. The new pilot simply lowers the amount of evidence required. You must still possess sufficient maintenance funds and properly accredited qualifications.
|University of Bath||England||2016|
|University of Bristol||England||2017|
|University of Cambridge||England||2016|
|University of East Anglia||England||2017|
|University of Edinburgh||Scotland||2017|
|University of Essex||England||2017|
|University of Exeter||England||2017|
|University of Glasgow||Scotland||2017|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||England||2017|
|Harper Adams University||England||2017|
|Imperial College London||England||2016|
|University of Leicester||England||2017|
|University of Liverpool||England||2017|
|University of Manchester||England||2017|
|University of Nottingham||England||2017|
|University of Oxford||England||2016|
|Queen's University, Belfast||Northern Ireland||2017|
|University of Reading||England||2017|
|Royal Central College of Speech & Drama||England||2017|
|University of Sheffield||England||2017|
|University of Southampton||England||2017|
|University of Wales, Trinity St David||Wales||2017|
|University of Warwick||England||2017|
|University of York||England||2017|
All of the above universities will be able to sponsor students under the new Tier 4 pilot visa scheme for courses beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
The pilot visa scheme only applies to postgraduate Masters degrees.
In order to be eligible your degree course must last no longer than 13 months. This will include most taught programmes such as MA and MSc degrees, but research Masters (such as the MRes or MPhil) may not be suitable.
Undergraduate and PhD-level programmes are also not eligible.
The scheme is open to all international students who are studying a Masters at a participating university. Eligibility is not restricted to specific countries or nationalities.
If you aren't sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, check our guide.
Your university will be able to confirm whether your course is eligible under the new visa pilot (provided it is one of the participating institutions).
We'll also be following any changes in the scheme with updates here on the blog and via our newsletter.
For more information on the UK student visa system as a whole, see our guide to Tier 4 visas for Masters degrees.
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