International studentsDoctorate Extension Scheme

What is the Doctorate Extension Scheme?

The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) allows PhD students (and their dependants), who are nearing completion of a PhD to apply for a 12-month visa extension under Tier 4 to look for and undertake work.

If you wish to apply for DES you will be sponsored by the University of Strathclyde for the duration of your visa and you will need to report to us at regular intervals, by email, to confirm you continue to require our sponsorship.

To check if you are eligible to apply for DES, please click on the section below.

You can find more information in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Our visa application checking service is offered in line with our Code of Practice