Centre for Biological Sciences

Student placements

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 on clinical trials, we can support you in finding a placement to suit your skills and aspirations.

Placement students reunited

Spent a year at Janssen-Cilag

Placement students reunited

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.

Key facts

  • If you choose a placement, you will spend your first two years at the University and your third year working in your placement, before completing your final year on campus.

  • You will receive full support from your tutor or supervisor, including on-site visits and mentoring throughout the year.

What's related

Contact information

  • For more information on student placements please contact Dr Jessica Teeling: j.teeling@southampton.ac.uk