Careers Service


Placement Year

Undergraduate students can undertake a 9-12 month work placement, managed either by the Careers Service, or your School.

What's involved?

Most students can expect to:

  • go out on placement after your penultimate year of study, extending your degree programme by one year
  • continue as a registered student, with access to University services
  • find and apply for the placement yourself, with Careers Service support. Most placements are paid, although there are some exceptions
  • complete a 120 credit module while on placement
  • be allocated a University contact to discuss any personal or workplace issues with

Depending on which course you're studying, there may be some differences around what is required for your placement year, and who you need to contact for information.

Use the form below to find out who will support you: the Careers Service, or your Academic School. Then select the relevant option beneath to find out how to get started, and use finding placements to help you look for opportunities.

Benefits of doing a placement year

A placement year can help you:

  • apply your skills and knowledge to real business situations
  • try out a career choice
  • gain confidence and experience of adapting to different environments
  • develop your commercial acumen and occupational awareness
  • make contacts within the sector
  • earn a salary for the work you are doing
  • potentially receive a graduate job offer

Placements can also potentially lead to a higher degree classification. In 2015, 100% of Business School graduates who did a placement achieved either a 1st or 2:1.