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Information about Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme


The Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (SEGS) was launched on 25 October 2004. It enables certain non-EEA students who have successfully completed and obtained a degree (with second class honours or above), Master’s degree or PhD to work in the UK for up to 12 months upon completion of their studies. If they want to remain in the UK beyond this time, they can switch into an appropriate immigration category to pursue their career, if they meet the relevant requirements.

What is the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme?

The Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (SEGS) was launched on 25 October 2004 with the aim of encouraging non-EEA national physical sciences, mathematics and engineering graduates of UK further or higher education establishments to pursue a career in the United Kingdom. As outlined above, the scheme has since been amended for those commencing courses from 1 May 2006 so that all students successfully completing Master's and PhD courses can qualify, regardless of the subject they have studied.

SEGS is a transitional route which enables certain students who have had chosen to study in the UK to have some extra time to seek suitable employment in the UK, and build up some work experience here, after their studies.

During their leave under SEGS, participants can take any type of employment or self employment in the UK. If they want to remain here beyond their leave under SEGS to pursue their career, they can switch into various employment or self employment categories, if they meet the relevant requirements.

How do I qualify under the scheme?
To be granted leave under the scheme, applicants must:
  • have successfully completed a relevant course at a UK institution of Higher or Further Education. This is:
    • a degree course (with second class honours (2.2) or higher) on the relevant list of physical science, mathematics and engineering courses approved by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for the purposes of this scheme; OR
    • a Master's or PhD course, where study commenced before 1 May 2006, on the relevant list of physical science, mathematics and engineering courses approved by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for the purposes of this scheme; OR
    • a Master's or PhD course in any subject, where study commenced on or after 1 May 2006
  • Have completed their course in the last 12 months (as shown by the date of expiry of leave as a Student to complete this course)
  • 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)

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