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Industrial Placement Year

The Industrial Placement Year is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.

Students who wish to study degrees in Acoustical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Ship Science are eligible to apply for the Industrial Placement Year.

Mike Bassett; MEng Civil Engineering, 2010
Mike Bassett; Technical Professional – Structural, KBR

How does the Industrial Placement Year work?

The Industrial Placement Year will be taken between your second and third years, extending your degree to four or five years. During your year-long placement, you will fulfil the role of a trainee engineer on a full-time basis.

You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve developed during the first two years of your course. As a result of the Industrial Placement Year, you will have developed vital professional knowledge and skills to enhance your future studies and career prospects after graduation.

How will I be assessed?

Your Industrial Placement Year will be assessed via an individual reflective report, plus a presentation to staff and your peers. Successful placements will be recognised on your final degree certificate, for example ‘MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement Year’.

How much will it cost?

You will remain a student during the year, so a reduced fee of 20 per cent of your normal tuition fee will be payable.

What support will I have? 

Engineer your future

Michael Sansoni did a year in industry at MERCEDES-AMG Petronas Motorsport and now has a job with the team as a Performance Simulation Engineer.

"Pretty much everything that I learned on my course has come into use during my placement. From mechanical principles to understand car suspension, to the aerodynamics and how they affect car balance, to using my computer programming skills to develop analytical tools to help understand data."

Read Michael's story

Our degrees with the Industrial Placement Year:

Acoustical Engineering:

BEng Acoustical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – H34P

MEng Acoustical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – FF38

Aeronautics and Astronautics:

BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics with Industrial Placement Year - H40P

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics with Industrial Placement Year – H414

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Aerodynamics with Industrial Placement Year – HH41

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Airvehicle Systems Design with Industrial Placement Year – H41H

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Computational Engineering and Design with Industrial Placement Year – H4H1

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Engineering Management with Industrial Placement Year – HH44

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Materials and Structures with Industrial Placement Year – H44H

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Semester Abroad with Industrial Placement Year – H4HH

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Semester in Industry with Industrial Placement Year – H444

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics / Spacecraft Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – H400

Civil Engineering:

BEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement Year - H20P

MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – HH20

MEng Civil Engineering and Architecture with Industrial Placement Year – K21K

MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – HH22

Mechanical Engineering

BEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year - H30P

MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – 30HH

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Acoustical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – H34H

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Advanced Materials with Industrial Placement Year – H3H1

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace with Industrial Placement Year – H3H4

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Automotive with Industrial Placement Year – H3H3

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – H316

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Computational Engineering and Design with Industrial Placement Year – H3H6

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Management with Industrial Placement Year – HH31

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics with Industrial Placement Year – H3H2

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – H3H5

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Sustainable Energy Systems with Industrial Placement Year – H3J7

Ship Science:

BEng Ship Science with Industrial Placement Year - J60P

MEng Ship Science with Industrial Placement Year – H52H

MEng Ship Science / Advanced Materials with Industrial Placement Year – H5J5

MEng Ship Science / Engineering Management with Industrial Placement Year – H55J

MEng Ship Science / Naval Architecture with Industrial Placement Year – HH55

MEng Ship Science / Naval Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – HJ55

MEng Ship Science / Offshore Engineering with Industrial Placement Year – H5H3

MEng Ship Science / Yacht and Small Craft with Industrial Placement Year – H5H2

A number of the degrees are also available to students who wish to take a Foundation Year. Please visit the Foundation Year webpage for details.

Lindsay Borthwick

Lindsay Borthwick, Eurovia UK

“It was good to put into practice what I had learned on my degree at university and excellent preparation for my future career.”

Read Lindsay's story

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