There are limits on how long you are permitted to study in the UK on a Tier 4 visa at different levels.
Courses below degree level
You are permitted to study courses below degree level in the UK with a Tier 4 visa for up to two years.
Courses at degree level and above
You are permitted to study courses at degree level and above with a Tier 4 visa for up to 5 years UNLESS:
- You are studying an exempted subject (e.g. architecture)
- You are studying a master’s degree after completing an undergraduate course which was 4 or 5 years in length. In this case you must complete all your studies within 6 years
- You are studying a research programme, such as a PhD
o If it is your first research programme, there will be no time limit on your studies
o If you have already completed a research degree with a Tier 4 visa, you must complete all of your studies (including previous courses) within 8 years (unless your previous programme was a research masters degree of less than 13 months)