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New Graduate route to be introduced in summer 2021

The UK Government will be introducing a new Graduate route, which will open for applications on 1 July 2021. This new route will allow eligible graduates to remain in the UK to work, or look for work, for two years after completing their course (three years for PhD students).


Further information is available from the Home Office and our immigration pages. You can read the UKCISA guidance about working after studies for more information about the Graduate route and other work routes.

Impact of distance learning during COVID-19 pandemic

If you are or have studied outside the UK through distance learning because of COVID-19 in 2020/2021, the Home Office have specified when you must be inside the UK studying to meet the UK residency requirements to be eligible for the Graduate route. Read the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student sponsors, migrants and short-term students guidance for more information and our working after studies page.

If you started a one-year Master's programme in January 2021 and are starting your studies remotely, you will remain eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided you enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final term of your studies in the UK.

Our immigration pages will be updated with further information.

Preparing for career success

While studying at Essex, you'll have access to our Student Development Team, which includes careers advice and preparation, and practical volunteering and paid work experience opportunities. Your ability to take on volunteering or work opportunities, paid or unpaid, will depend on the conditions of your student visa. You'll also be able to attend on-campus careers fairs to meet potential graduate employers and get the opportunity to be mentored by an industry professional through the Career Mentoring programme.

By gaining work experience and perfecting your application technique before you graduate, you'll be well placed to secure a job at the end of your studies to stay and work in the UK under the new route. With access to job listings resources, summer placements exclusive to Essex students, placement year opportunities as part of your course and much more, we're giving you great resources to graduate career-ready. You'll also be able to access careers support after you graduate.

Our campuses are located close to London with great transport links, so you'll be able to access opportunities in London and further afield as well as around the local area.

Visit our Careers pages to find out more about the support and resources available.