UK Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme

The UK Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (SEGS) allows non-EU nationals who have graduated from UK higher education institutions to remain after graduation.

The graduates must have studied certain physical sciences, mathematics and engineering subjects and have a 2.2 or higher.

They are allowed to remain in the UK for 12 months after their studies in order to pursue a career.

Applicants may apply for leave under SEGS if they have existing leave as a student.

Entry clearance is compulsory for those seeking leave to enter under the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme.

The scheme’s aim is to invest in the high achievers of tomorrow.

There is a great demand in research, development and financial services sectors for maths, science and engineering graduates in the UK.

The scheme encourages overseas students to study in the UK and remain following graduation.

Who Qualifies under SEGS?

To be granted leave under the scheme, applicants must:

  • Have completed a degree course (with second class honours (2.2) or higher), Masters course or PhD on the relevant list of approved physical science, mathematics and engineering courses at a UK institution of Higher or Further Education.

  • Intend to work during the period of leave granted under the scheme

  • Be able to maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants without recourse to public funds;

  • Intend to leave the UK at the end of their stay (unless granted leave as a work permit holder, highly skilled migrant, business person or innovator).
    "The Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (SEGS) has been superseded by the International Graduates Scheme (IGS). Students who receive a bachelors degree or better in any discipline from a recognized institution in the UK will be allowed to stay in the country for 12 months to look for work (24 months for Scotland)"

    For more information and application, see: UK Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme

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