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Time limit on study at degree level (undergraduate) 

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If you’re coming to Durham to study at degree level (undergraduate) and you’ll apply for a Student visa to do this, any time you’ve previously spent in the UK studying at degree level (not including foundation courses) or above on a Student (or Tier 4) visa, will be considered when you apply.  

If the length of your new Student visa plus any relevant previous Student (or Tier 4) visas amounts more than 5 years* the visa application would be refused and therefore we can’t issue you with a CAS. 

The time limit is 6 years if you’ve applied to study for a 4-year integrated masters’ degree 

There’s no limit on study in the UK at postgraduate level (master's degree, PhD and other postgraduate courses).  

Full details of the time limit on study and how it is calculated.

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