Working in the UK

DMU is committed to providing students with industry-level skills that boost employability through our strong links with leading national and international employers. 170 of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as the IET, ACCA, CIM, CPA, CIPD and RIBA. These accreditations give students exemptions from professional body exams and provide them with a competitive edge in the graduate jobs market.

Part-time work

Many international students work part-time during their studies as it helps them meet new people, improve their English, develop new skills and gain valuable work experience. For more information visit Unitemps, our in-house employment agency.

If you’re studying in the UK for more than six months, you will usually have permission to work up to 20 hours per week while studying and up to 40 hours during the holidays.

Paid work placements

A number of DMU’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses offer students the unique opportunity to do a work placement. This is particularly appealing to international students following the change in the rules concerning the post-study work visa.

Our paid work placements with course-relevant employers enable students to gain valuable industry experience which boosts their employability. While undertaking the work placement, international students will remain on a student visa and earn an average salary of £10,000-£15,000.

DMU has strong links with top national and international employers such as the BBC, BMW, Caterpillar, Deloitte, HP and the NHS. Our Work Placement Units will help you prepare for the application and interview process for work placements.


Our Frontrunners scheme provides students with paid placements within the university. Students work in a variety of roles alongside DMU employees for a placement of three, six or nine months and are paid for up to 12 hours per week. New Frontrunner positions are advertised every three months.

Working in the UK after your studies

Graduates may be able to apply to work in the UK by making an application under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System. You will need to have a job offer at graduate level and be earning a specified minimum wage. Your potential employer will also need to be a Tier 2 sponsor licensed by UK Visas and Immigration. If you have a prospective employer, you could ask them about applying for Tier 2.

A new scheme called Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) has also been introduced. Find out more on UK Visas and Immigration

Find out more...

If you are interested in a work placement, contact or visit the Work Placement Unit in your relevant faculty:

HLS- Edith Murphy House, Room 1.23 or email

TECH- Gateway House, 4th Floor or email

BAL- Hugh Aston, Room 0.36 or email

You can contact our Careers Team on for general careers information or visit them on the ground floor of Gateway House.

If you are planning to work whilst you're studying, you will also need to apply for a National Insurance number once you are in the UK. Find out more about this here.


Terence now works as a Site Infrastructure Lead at Caterpillar, after spending his placement year working for the company


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