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Biological SciencesUndergraduate study

Student placements

Placement student at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Stephanie Cowling

A year's work experience in an industrial setting can be a great way to complement your University-based studies. In Biological Sciences, the industrial training year is available to all undergraduate students. Whether in the research lab of one of the leading pharmaceuticals or working withing a marketing department for a wild life trust, we can support you in finding a placement to suit your skills and aspirations.

"A placement provides value skills and knowledge that employer are looking for - it will give a CV the competitive edge."

Hands-on experience

If you are considering a career in the commercial sector, hands-on experience is a great way to improve your chances with prospective employers. It also provides an excellent preparation for a PhD qualification.

During the placement you will have the opportunity to undertake interesting projects, find out how your employer's business works and earn money at the same time. Many companies go on to offer students a permanent position after they graduate.

Making the choice

You may be undecided about whether an industry placement is right for you. At Southampton you don’t need to make this choice when you apply to us through UCAS – instead you can discuss it with us later on.





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“My placement year was the real highlight. I was at Astra Zeneca in Cambridge, one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. I did geno-medicine, modelling cancer to find better treatments, it’s one of the latest technologies and I was fortunate to get all that laboratory experience.”

Charles Dunlop
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“I did a placement year at Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company, in their new product planning and business development team.”

Genevieve Farrell
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“I completed a 14 month industrial placement at Sanofi, which is a leading EU pharmaceutical company. I worked in the regulatory affairs department monitoring new safety legislation and maintaining medical drug documentation to ensure patient safety. ”

Francesca Pipkin
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“Throughout my time with GSK, I was working alongside doctors, scientists and statisticians who were very helpful and supportive. It was great to see how much the company was science-led and devoted a lot of resources to the development of staff. The pharmaceutical industry can be mistrusted, and it was refreshing to see that GSK went beyond the commercial side of business to enhance its corporate social responsiblilty and remain focused on R&D.”

Alex Simpson
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“ spent a year in industry at GSK in Stevenage looking at ways to monitor liver and kidney fibrosis.”

Phillippa Richardson
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“I would recommend other students to do placement years during their degree as I felt I developed new and existing skills during the year and had real-life industry experience when applying for roles after my degree.”

Charlotte Taylor

Previous placement include:




Eli Lilly




Science and Technology Research Council

Kew gardens



Contact Information

For more information on student placements please contact Dr David Tumbarello:

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