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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.  

An industrial placement gives a real insight into a scientific career after university. You are treated as an employee and colleague from day one and your work will directly contribute to the business.

Jessica Eley, Past Placement, GSK

Your placement

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.

A professional placement year in the past has included both office and laboratory within large pharmaceutical companies and smaller life science companies.  Examples include:

  • Pfizer
  • Reckitt Benkizer
  • Covance
  • Astra Zeneca
  • GSK
  • Quantum DX

Other pharmaceutical companies that our students have had placements with include Leica Biosystems and Fujifilm Diosynth

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