Employability

Work placements and study abroad

Student on placement at Disney Interactive

Work placements

An industrial placement year is a great way to help you decide what kind of career you might like when you graduate. As well as giving you the opportunity to develop your own skills, you’ll gain a real insight into working life in a particular company or sector. More than two-thirds of all employers are now offering placements or internships to students, with up to one-third of new graduates recruited directly through employers’ work experience programmes (High Fliers report 2015).

All of our degrees allow you to undertake a placement year as part of your degree (either in the third year of the BEng or the third or fourth year of the MEng). Our Employability Team will provide you with a comprehensive work placement support service whilst you’re looking for a placement. This includes:

  • access to placement lectures
  • workshops
  • one-to-one CV appointments
  • mock interviews and assessment centres.

Each week you’ll receive our latest placement vacancies – we advertise hundreds over the year with some of the UK’s leading engineering recruiters.

Whichever organisation you join for your placement year, you’ll be assured of experience relevant to your degree. This will allow you to apply your learning in an industrial context while you develop both personally and professionally. An academic tutor will also visit you during your industrial placement. This tutor will meet with you and your line manager, offer support and guidance, and discuss your re-integration into studies.
If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months. On successfully completing your placement, you’ll be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title so that you can demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers. Your placement can also count towards the professional experience you’ll be required to show if you wish to become a chartered engineer.

Study Abroad

All of our courses give you the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include: Europ, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

Studying abroad is a great way to boost your confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to University after this experience, you’ll have a new perspective on life for your final year and you’ll also be awarded the ‘international’ variant in your degree title, which will help you stand out to employers.

If you want to study in a country that teaches in another language, our Language Centre can provide you with advice on additional learning opportunities before you go.

Visit the Study Abroad website to find out more.