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.

Stephanie Cowling

Placement student at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Stephanie Cowling

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."

Over the past few years we have placed students with:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • AstraZeneca
  • Novartis
  • Eli Lilly
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi
  • Jansen-Cilag
  • Science and Technology Research Council
  • Kew gardens
A positive impact on employability

A year in industry makes you stand out when applying for a job after graduation.

A positive impact on employability

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.

What do our students think?

“It's great to have on your CV and will make you stand out when applying for any job after university. Overall it was a fantastic year and I would highly recommend it”

Heather Wilson, Placement with GlaxoSmithKline

“It was very interesting and I had lots to learn. The training was excellent and I developed a good knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. The experience I gained will be very useful for me in the future”

Lloyd Mushambadzi, Placement with PfizerKey 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 relatedContact information

For more information on student placements please contact Dr David Tumbarello: D.A.Tumbarello@soton.ac.uk

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