Industrial Placement Year

Industry PlantStudents on any of the BEng and MEng Chemical Engineering degree programmes can choose to spend a year out in industry. For MEng Biopharmaceutical Technology and MEng Drug Development degree programmes the final year is an industrial placement year.

The year out is usually taken after Stage 2 but those students who choose to take the Chemical Engineering MEng degree can take a year out after Stage 3. Up to 30% of our students choose to take a year out and placements can be obtained in the USA, Australia, South East Asia, and Europe as well as in the UK.

We assist students in applying for placement jobs but the decision as to whether to employ you or not is always made by the company offering the placement. Currently we have students on placement with:

  • Procter and Gamble
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • SABIC
  • Green Biologics

For MEng Chemical Engineering with Industry students, the industrial year is assessed and counts as the third year of that degree. This industrial route can save you a year and provide you with a salary as well.

If you do not choose to take a year in industry, we will encourage you to spend at least one summer vacation in industry. This may be either at home or abroad, on your own, or with other students on a course organised by large companies such as BP, Procter & Gamble, Esso or Shell or with smaller companies offering a different type of experience. Places on these schemes cannot be guaranteed, but the experience is very valuable and it may lead to an offer of a job when you graduate.