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Work experience

The best way to gain real insight of an industry is through a work placement. Securing work experience can greatly enhance your job prospects. You can do this in a number of ways.

Industry placements

Taking an industrial placement during your degree enables you to apply your knowledge to real-world projects, and develop vital professional skills and knowledge to improve your career prospects.

Our new Industrial Placement Year is available to engineering students who are studying our MEng degrees. The Year in Employment is also available for our Audiology students.


Summer internships are an exciting opportunity for students to experience cutting edge research as it happens. Each year our researchers seek talented students to stay on campus over the summer and get hands on experience of working in a research environment.

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme

A number of our courses offer the opportunity to spend part of your third or fourth year working in a local school setting through our Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme. The scheme awards academic credit to undergraduates in engineering, science, technology and maths working with teachers in local schools in the same way as campus-based study. Taking part in the scheme is an excellent way to gain transferable skills, while encouraging a new generation of scientists and engineers.


Working with an organisation on a voluntary basis is a valuable way to gain marketable skills. There are many non-academic opportunities available through the University, the Students’ Union and outside agencies. Find out more about our volunteering opportunities.

What help is available to me?

You will have the support of a dedicated Employment Liaison Officer for your discipline, who can point you in the right direction. You will also benefit from our connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers and Employability Service.

Reece Gaj did a summer work placement with the F1 Red Bull Racing Team
Working with Red Bull Racing
Civil Engineering student Andreea Nae worked with Laing O'Rourke through the SUCCESS scheme
Working with Laing O'Rourke
Andy Ure spent a summer working with our 3D printing facilities to aid our research
Internship in 3D printing
Volunteers helped the University with the annual switch off campaign
Helping with the Blackout
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