Students on all degree programmes are eligible to apply for a placement year.
You can apply for a placement at the start of your second year. The placement starts in the summer of your second year.
You'll learn lots of valuable skills, and return to your studies with a renewed focus. Many students find that their results improve because of this.
Placements in the past have included large pharmaceutical companies such as:
- Procter and Gamble
- Astra Zeneca
You can also apply to smaller regional companies, both within laboratories and office based.
For further details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When I arrived at university I knew a career in research appealed to me. However I wanted to gain some first-hand experience before committing to a PhD. I was accepted for a lab-based industrial placement with AstraZeneca in Sweden, where I was responsible for two technology development projects. Read Jamie's full profile
I took part in an industrial placement at Eli Lilly and Company. My role was a fermentation development scientist, where I had to develop a small scale fermentation model. Read Elise's full profile
I primarily decided to apply for a placement year to gain experience in the real world of science. As a mature student I have had many jobs but nothing science based. I knew that gaining a years experience would help me chose the area of science I would like to go into after graduation. Read Hannah's full profile
Like many university students I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do once I had graduated and so I knew I needed to do something about this before it was too late! I needed to take a year out of university to find out more about the life science industry and more about potential post graduate careers. The common path many students take from my degree programme is to go onto medicine or further studies such as a masters or PhD, however I knew this wasn’t for me and so a placement year was a perfect opportunity to find out what it was I wanted to do. Read Elliott's full profile.
My individual project resulted in the design, optimisation, development and validation of a novel experiment that determines the impact of compounds on a defined pathogenic end-point in IPF. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would definitely recommend it to other students considering experiencing first-hand what it is like to work in research for a large company. Read Jessica's full profile.
I am really pleased that I took a year out and did the placement. It has been a really good experience and I have learned a vast amount of new skills that are going to be applicable to both university and my future career. I am really pleased that I took a year out and did the placement. It has been a really good experience and I have learned a vast amount of new skills that are going to be applicable to both university and my future career. Read Jessica's full profile.
My aim was primarily to improve my business sense, work with teams and to generally throw myself out of my comfort zone which I’d highly recommend. I applied to Datatrial because I wanted to experience an area of healthcare that was new and unfamiliar to me.
The big advantage of working in a smaller company was the amount of flexibility I had to move around different departments. I started off as a ‘Study Delivery Associate’ which involved analysing and reviewing data in several different ways. Read Kirat's full profile.
During my time at Newcastle I had the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage between my second and third year. By doing this, I learned transferable lab skills which could be applied to a variety of scientific topics.
I feel that working full-time in a research environment gave me a unique insight into the Pharmaceutical industry and scientific research, which really helped me when applying for PhD positions. It also helped with my 3rd year modules back at Newcastle University. Read Kristi's full profile.
I was part of the Refractory Respiratory Inflammation department with the main focus of my project being metabolism and inflammation in steroid insensitive asthma. As well as having a great year earning money and working full time in a research position for a well known pharmaceutical business, I have also gained a lot of experience of life as a scientist and managed to add something valuable to my CV. Read Sam's full profile.