Paid Employment

Many research students undertake paid employment alongside their research degree programme, but it is important that you do not allow your employment commitments to interfere with your academic progress.

If you are on a full-time research degree programme, the University has rules about the number of paid employment you can undertake each week.

Full-Time Research Students

Full-time research students are expected to be giving an appropriate amount of time to their research degree programme. It is recognised though that some full-time research students may wish to undertake paid employment alongside their research degree programme.

If you are a full-time research student and wish to undertake paid employment alongside your research degree programme, you should:

  • discuss this with your supervisory team
  • seek approval from your Head of Department or Postgraduate Tutor

Full-time research students will not normally be allowed to undertake more than eight hours of paid employment each week.

This includes:

  • paid employment for the University and externally
  • paid employment over term time and outside of term time

It does not include:

  • internships or other placements undertaken as part of the research degree programme
  • unpaid or voluntary employment

In exceptional cases, and only if they are satisfied that it would not be detrimental to your academic progress, your Head of Department or Postgraduate Tutor can allow full-time research students to undertake more than eight hours of paid employment each week.

You are responsible for securing approval for any paid employment that you wish to undertake alongside your research degree programme.

Part-Time and Distance Learning Research Students

There is no limit on the number of hours of paid employment that can be undertaken by those on part-time or distance learning research degree programmes.

Academic Concerns Arising from Paid Employment

It is important that you do not allow your academic progress to be affected by any paid employment that you take alongside your research degree programme.

If your supervisory team or progress review panel feels that the undertaking of paid employment has been detrimental to your progress, they may initiate proceedings for neglect of academic obligations.

The undertaking of paid employment alongside a research degree programme will not be accepted as an extenuating circumstance for poor academic performance, neglect of academic obligations, or academic dishonesty.

Restrictions

Sponsored research students must comply with any conditions for undertaking paid employment that are associated with the terms of their sponsorship.

International research students must comply with any conditions for undertaking paid employment that are associated with the terms of their immigration status.

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