Limit on time you can spend studying at degree level

The UKBA have announced that from the 6 April 2012  there will be a new limit to the length of time you can study at degree level in the UK (this includes undergraduate and master's level, but not PhD level*).

  • If you are studying, or have completed, a three year  undergraduate degree your total time limit is five years.
  • If you are studying, or have completed, a four year  undergraduate degree your total time limit is six years.
  • If you are, or have been, studying a three year undergraduate degree course but you have taken, or will take, longer than three years to complete it, for example because of retaking modules, your limit is still five years and so you would not then be able to study for a two year master's as this would take you over the five year limit.
  • If you are, or have been, studying a four year undergraduate degree course but you have taken, or will take, longer than four years to complete it, for example because of retaking modules, your limit is still six years  and so you would not then be able to study for a two year master's as this would take you over the six year limit.

This change affects all Tier 4 applications made from 6 April 2012 and any visa application from this date will be refused if it would mean you going over your maximum limit at degree level.

Any study at degree level before the 6 April 2012 will still count towards your total.

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