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Professional Placement Year

Find out about professional placement years and your future career.

Professional placement year

Professional year placements are a fantastic way to gain vital work experience and improve your employability following graduation.

Students on any of the programmes within biomedical and biomolecular sciences are eligible to apply for a professional placement year.  

You can apply for a placement at the start of your second year and will start during the summer of your second year.  For further information see Professional Placement Year.

Before completing my placement I had no idea what working in industry or ‘being a scientist’ was like, however now I have a great understanding. The access to resources and expertise opens up many opportunities that you would not get at university.

Amelia, Placement at AstraZeneca, Sweden (2022-2023)

Your placement

You’ll learn lots of valuable skills and develop a great network of contacts for your future career. Many students return to their studies with a renewed focus and find that their results improve as a direct result.

Professional placement years include both office and laboratory roles within large pharmaceutical companies or smaller companies in the life science sector. Past placement providers include:

  • Pfizer
  • GSK
  • AstraZeneca
  • LabCorp (formerly Covance)
  • Reckitt

Local companies our students have secured placements with include Proctor & Gamble, Fujifilm Diosynth and Leica Biosystems.

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See what some of our students have to say about their professional placement year.