The Doctorate Extension Scheme Graduate School presentation: 26 November 2013 The Doctorate Extension Scheme: What is it? • A new (2013) scheme allowing Tier 4 PhD students to apply to stay on in the UK on a Tier 4 visa for 12 months after they complete their course. • This is to gain work experience or set up as an entrepreneur. • There are an unlimited number of places. Doctorate Extension Scheme | 26 November 2013 | 2 Am I eligible to apply? • You must have a current Tier 4 visa to study a PhD. • You must apply from within the UK. • No debts can be owed to the University • You can only apply up to 60 days before your course end date. • This means you should apply only after you have had your viva, and know how long your corrections will take. • The ‘course end’ date is the Research Degrees Committee sign-off date of your confirmed final results. Doctorate Extension Scheme | 26 November 2013 | 2 Frequently asked questions • Am I still eligible if my PhD is referred, or I’m only awarded a Master’s? No: corrections will take more than 60 days, and you must have a PhD, not a Master’s level qualification. • Will my year in the UK be funded? No • Can my family stay with me on my extra year? Yes (if they satisfy conditions). • Can I exit the UK and return during the DES year? Yes • Can I apply for a second year on the scheme? No • Do I have to stay in touch with the University? Yes, at least four times during the year, but this can be done by email. Doctorate Extension Scheme | 26 November 2013 | 2 When can I apply? This is the complicated bit... • After your viva, and when you can calculate your ‘completion date’. • You need to allow time to a) complete your corrections b) have your corrections approved by the internal examiner c) Have the final result signed off by the Deputy Chair of the Research Degrees Committee d) Apply for a new CAS Doctorate Extension Scheme | 26 November 2013 | 2 If I get ‘Pass with Amendments’ (six months to complete), can I apply for the Scheme? • Yes, but it would need to be when you were three quarters of the way through your amendments, and within 60 days from completion eg: viva on 15 January; you are given until 15 July to make corrections; you could apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme from about late June. • Bear in mind your internal examiner will need longer to check these amendments: eg. they might have to read a rewritten chapter, and not just check typing errors. They might also be away for a while over the summer.... • It’s not advisable to try to do 6 months’ corrections in 6 weeks. Doctorate Extension Scheme | 26 November 2013 | 2 How do I apply? • On the formal Application Form: see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/The-nextstage/Working-after-your-studies/Doctorate-Extension-Scheme/ • You will also need to arrange an interview with Careers and the Immigration Advisors. • You will need to apply for a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) on a specific form. If you’re a Science student you may need to renew your ATAS certificate before you can apply for a CAS. • We would advise you to discuss your application with your supervisor and/or Internal Examiner and the Graduate School. Doctorate Extension Scheme | 26 November 2013 | 2 Any Questions?