Industrial placements 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 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

How will you be supported to find a placement?

  • Placement preparation modules during your first and second semester
  • Appointments and workshops covering the recruitment and selection process
  • Whilst on your Industrial Placement you will continue to receive support from the University


Where can I find Placement opportunities?
We recommend these sites with year in industry/internship opportunities from a range of employers: Rate My Placement; Gradcracker; ETrust; TARGETjobs; Prospects; Indeed

When do I need to start applying for placements?

Placements are available to apply to throughout the year with organisations of all sizes. However, competition is fierce so you are advised to apply early!

Where can I get advice on my applications?

Visit our webpages.

Do I need to have my Industrial placement approved by the University?

Yes. As your Industrial Placement forms part of your programme of study, your placement role will need to be approved by the University. Contact your department/school for more information or attend the placement preparation module.

I am an international student, where can I get visa advice?

Contact the Student Immigration, Advice and Compliance team at or book an appointment at the Student Services Centre.

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