Year in Industry

PlacementWhat is it?

A Year in Industry placement is a work placement of at least nine months, equivalent to a year’s undergraduate academic study. Often called an industrial placement, sandwich placement or Year in Industry placement, it is typically taken by undergraduate students at the end of their second year. Placements are available across a broad range of job areas and industries.

Am I Eligible?

At the University of Leicester, the following schools/departments currently offer a Year in Industry Placement for undergraduates: Biosciences, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Geology, Informatics, Maths, Psychology, Management, and Physics.  Your school/ department not listed?  Follow this link to explore other ways that you can gain professional experience whilst studying.

Get Prepared At Our First Years Webinar

Are you in the first year of your degree and interested in doing a Year in Industry next year? Then it is time to start looking at the opportunities out there for you! As lots of employers will be recruiting in the Autumn term for placements starting in Summer 2021, we’re running a series of webinars on the 10th and 24th July.This is your chance to find out more, hear from current Year in Industry students, and understand what you need to start doing over the next few months to secure a placement. Use the following links to book your place:

- Part 2: Meet the students, a chance to hear others' placement experiences with live Q&A - Friday 10th July (11:00 - 12:00) - Book here

- Part 3: Meet the employers, a chance to hear what employers are looking for with live Q&A - Friday 24th July (11:00 - 12:00) - Book here

How it works

You will have the opportunity to decide what roles, organisations and sectors to apply to. A Year in Industry can take place in the UK or abroad and in a variety of organisations, from independent start-ups to multinational businesses operating across the private, public and third-sectors.

How will it benefit me?

  • Expand your professional networks
  • Apply your academic knowledge in a real-world setting
  • Earn money! Average salaries for Year in Industry placements range from £16,000-£20,000
  • Helps you develop the key skills that graduate employers are looking for
  • You will receive your degree; BA/BSc 'with a Year in Industry'

How will I be supported?

  • Placement preparation modules during your second year
  • Employer events including the Festival of Careers, which showcases Year in Industry providers
  • Appointments and workshops covering the recruitment and selection process
  • While on your Year in Industry you will continue to receive support from the University

I have secured a placement, what next?

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Complete the Authorisation Request form and email it to your school office.

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School of Business -

The University will request additional information from your placement provider.
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The placement tutor will conduct a placement assessment of your offer. The University will communicate to you if your placement offer meets the programme requirements.


Where can I find Year in Industry opportunities?
Head over to our Finding opportunities page.

When do I need to start applying for Year in Industry placements?
Placements are open for application throughout the year with organisations of all sizes. However, competition is fierce so you are advised to apply early! Applications for larger organisations usually open from September and close by December.

Where can I get advice on my applications?
Book an appointment or attend one of our workshops. More information here.

Do I need to have my Year in Industry placement approved by the University?
Yes, as your Year in Industry forms part of your programme of study, your placement role will need to be approved. Contact your department/school for more information or attend your placement preparation module.

I’m unsure if a Year in industry is right for me, how can I explore my career options?
Get help with exploring your career options using our four-step process.

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“My degree has opened doors to allow me to find and chase my desired career path, I would love to stay within GE and further my career prospects.”

Christopher Smith - BEng Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry


“During my second year of study, there was a module dedicated for supporting students. These lectures definitely prepared me for the interview and made me feel more confident.”

Khoa Phan - BSc Computing with a Year in Industry