Finding a Job

How much should I work during my studies?

Unless you receive financial support above your student finance package, most students will have to work to support themselves during study. How much you can work depends very much on your course of study.  Some students may be able to fit in a part-time job of 15-20 hours a week during their studies, others may have placements and full time-tables and may not be able to work at all during term-time.


If you are a full time student, the University recommends you do not work more than 15 hours per week for undergraduate students and 6 hours per week for postgraduate taught students. The University will not employ full-time postgraduate research students for more than an average of 9 hours per week across the academic year, and we recommend that postgraduate students apply this limit to employment outside the University.


There will be points during your studies where you won’t be able to work as many hours, for example, during exam revision or in your final year of undergraduate study. 


Discuss your timetable and workload with your personal tutor. The Careers Service has more advice on working and studying. Students who are not UK or EU nationals should check if there are any restrictions on how many hours they can work on their visa or speak to Student Immigration Service if you’re not sure.


Where can I find work?

The University Career’s Service advertises part-time and vacations jobs, as well as graduate job opportunities on their MyCareer Hub service. 


You can also browse job opportunities via the government universal job match website, which aims to link you to jobs in your area that match your skills. It’s also fairly easy to find links to jobs using a Google search.


The Students Association also offers a range of job opportunities to students, particularly during the summer vacation when planning for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins.


How do I apply?

Most jobs adverts will have information on how to apply – read this information carefully.  Some jobs, especially for smaller firms, will ask for a CV or Resume that outlines your qualifications and experience.  Others will ask you to complete an application form and provide specific examples of how your skills and experience match to the job you are applying for. The University Career’s Service can help you create a CV or complete applications forms. Contact them well in advance of the closing date of the job to make sure you have time; late applications for jobs are usually automatically rejected.


I’ve got an interview

To maximise your chances of getting a job, make sure you prepare.

  • - Check the time and location of the interview and how you will get there – being late will create a bad impression.
  • - Do your research on the company, especially their mission and values.
  • - Read the job specification and your application form again – you are likely to be asked questions on these.

The University Career’s Service also offer advice on interview techniques.


I have an idea for a business – where can I get help?

LAUNCH.ed is part of Edinburgh Innovations at the University of Edinburgh. They are a free service offering help and support to our student entrepreneurs.



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