Note: This information does not apply to the Executive MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy, which is classified as a full time degree.
Case One: Standard Visitor visa (six months)
UKVI guidance means that you will not be able to register/re-register for your programme using a Standard Visitor visa which is valid for six months. If you do not already hold immigration permission for the UK and do not require a long-term Standard Visitor visa, you should apply for a Short-term Student visa.
Case Two: Standard Visitor visa (2,5,10 years)
If you already hold a long-term Standard Visitor visa, you can enter the UK for a maximum of 30 days study using this visa, even if your main reason for being in the UK is to study. This means that you will be able to register/re-register for your programme on a long-term Standard Visitor visa.
However, the main intention of your visa must remain to be the permitted activities (business, tourism etc.). If the UKVI believe that you have only obtained this visa for the purposes of study, you risk it being cancelled.
If you have regular business in the UK and also attend one of our Executive Masters programmes (excluding International Strategy and Diplomacy) you may wish to apply for a long-term visitor visa to undertake both activities.