Information for Postgraduate Students

Why do a 'with industry' Masters?

Studying a postgraduate 'with industry' degree is the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. By experiencing real-world scenarios and applying your skills and knowledge to business challenges, you will gain a unique insight into how your studies can be utilised in industry. This will not only showcase your abilities to future employers, but will also enhance your studies when you return to University to complete your programme.

Industry placements

Your industry placement is likely to start in February (for January intakes) or July (for October intakes), after you have completed the taught part of your degree, but before your final project. The length of the placement will determine the overall length of your course, and the maximum placement duration is one year.

By studying a ‘with industry degree’ you will:

  • Gain an understanding of working in an industrial setting
  • Experience real world scenarios in SMEs or larger companies
  • Develop hands-on experience of project management and working to strict deadlines
  • Improve your employment opportunities through gaining essential experience
  • Earn while you learn. The majority of placements pay £14,000 - £20,000 pro rata.

How do I secure a placement?

Your journey through the first two semesters of your Masters programme will be supported by a weekly compulsory placement preparation module. This will provide you with up to 40 extra contact hours to support you with:

  • Labour market information and live vacancies
  • Applications and preparation for all possible recruitment processes
  • Introductions to employers and opportunities to network
  • Preparing for the workplace environment
  • Contract advice and work place briefings.

Click here for a breakdown of the structure of this module

What support will I get on my placement?

You will be fully supported whilst on placement. You will complete an online placement log which provides real time opportunities to feedback on your progress. This involves submitting short reflective pieces at intervals during your placement. The evidence you collate through this will help significantly when updating your CV and approaching future applications and interviews.

You will be fully supported by the University while on a placement.

View a timeline of the placement journey

You will be allocated a University of Leicester supervisor who will visit you during your placement, and you will have various other points of contact within both the University and your placement provider.

We hope that we’ve provided you with enough information on which to base your decision to study a ‘with industry’ degree. There’s lots more information online, including need-to-know information, student feedback, employer testimonials and our Student Charter.

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Student Testimonials

I would like to thank University for this opportunity. My placement was really helpful in gaining hands-on experience with the industry experts and cutting edge technology, while also helping to build my interpersonal skills. I especially thank Department of Computer Science and the Career Development Service for helping me to secure the placement.

Kabilan Karunakaran, Cloud Computing MSc, on placement at Meltwater, 2015/2016.

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