Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering


Civil Engineering student, Patrick Brady, talks about his placement at Balfour Beatty.


One of the special features of studying Architecture and Civil Engineering at Bath is the strong relationship between study and practice.

Our Architecture students have placements integrated into their programme (Professional practice), while Civil Engineering students can choose to take an optional placement year during their studies.

Many students also take placements during the summer break; however, we cannot guarantee that a particular placement will be available or that you will be able to earn a particular salary as applications for placements can be very competitive.

Contact us

For more information on the optional one year placement please contact our Faculty placements team.

Benefits of placements

Students find the opportunity to go on a placement extremely valuable for a number of reasons:

  • see the application of your studies to real-world situations
  • develop important professional skills
  • earn a salary of £15,000 to £23,000
  • develop industry contacts that could lead to further work, or a job offer
  • Improve your employment prospects.

Students on a UK placement are visited by academic staff whilst they are on placement and are supported to ensure they get the best experience possible.


Students often find that their experience in practice makes them more desirable to potential employers on graduation.  Read more about the career destinations of our graduates.

Working with us

The Department is always keen to develop new links with civil engineering companies and architectural practices seeking placement students. If you are an employer interested in offering a placement, please visit our Faculty placements page to find out more.