Eligibility for international students

To apply for an MGT vacancy, international students need to ensure that they have the relevant authorisation to work in the UK beyond the expiry of their student visa.

Graduate route ("Post-study work")

The new Graduate immigration route will open for applications at 09:00am UK Time on 1 July 2021.

The Graduate route is a work route for those who have a degree, Masters or PhD or other relevant qualification awarded by an approved UK Higher Education provider. It is an unsponsored route, so your application does not need sponsorship or any endorsement by an employer or by your university. This means you can work for any employer to gain work experience.

Most successful applicants can stay for two years under the Graduate route. PhD graduates can stay for three years.

The following detailed information on the Graduate route is based on information published by the Home Office on 4 March 2021:

MGT fixed-term contract roles and short-term visas (under Tier 5)

It may be possible to use a short-term work experience visa (under Tier 5 – Government Authorised Exchanges) to cover an MGT role that is a fixed-term contract for less than 12 months. The visa is sponsored by another organisation (not the employer), so you will need to leave the UK at the end of the visa. You will need to arrange the visa yourself through the Tier 5 sponsor once you have a job offer. Historically, though, the nature of MGT roles means that none have met the requirements of the Tier 5 sponsorship to date.

If you qualify for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme, you can work in the UK for up to two years. This scheme is available to nationals of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Taiwan, and to British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens and British Nationals (Overseas).