University of Bath

Choose a placement to prepare for work and life after study

Take advantage of our strong links with industry and do a placement as part of your studies.

Student on work placement for London Underground
Our students gain valuable experience through work placements in a range of industries

Real-world employment experience

A professional or work placement gives you the chance to get real-world employment experience and use your classroom learning in the workplace.

Two-thirds of our students choose this option and gain experience working in the private or public sector as part of their learning. With a successful placement, you can improve your knowledge and skills at the same time as learning about a particular industry or business sector.

You can work in the UK or abroad on a placement that can be from six to twelve months. You don’t have to spend it in one place; you can take shorter three-month placements or a full 12-month placement. As a student in either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering & Design, you can only take a 12-month placement except under exceptional circumstances.

Earn as you learn

Some of our placements are paid, so you could earn a year’s salary as part of your degree. You could earn £15,000 or more while you are on a placement year, although we can't guarantee how much you'll actually earn.

If you are an international student, you can go on a paid placement if you hold a Tier 4 student visa, so you won’t miss out on the experience.

During your placement year you pay a reduced tuition fee to the University.

Get a grant for a voluntary placement

You could decide to do a placement with a difference, for example, one that benefits others or for a charity.

We work with a number of placement providers who offer unpaid and voluntary placements each year. You could work in a hospital, charitable organisation or academic institution. We support you throughout the time you are on placement so you don’t feel out of touch.

If you do one of these types of placements you could get a grant to help you with your costs.

Our Alumni Fund gives some grants to undergraduates and postgraduates and the BP Centurion Fund gives grants to STEM students who are studying in the Faculty of Engineering, or in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences or Computer Science.

If you are a student with a disability you can apply for grants to help you do a placement.

Helping you make choices for the future

Going on a placement can help you make better-informed choices about your future career. It’s also something that you can put on a CV as work experience.

Increasing your employability

Bath graduates are highly valued and sought after by leading graduate employers and we focus on getting you ready for a competitive work environment.

A placement gives you the chance to deal with practical challenges in a professional environment that demand a different way of thinking to your academic coursework and exams. You get the opportunity to develop your ability to solve problems, manage your time and prioritise tasks to meet deadlines. These are all transferable skills that employers value that you can use as evidence in any future job applications you might make.

During your placement, you get the chance to develop valuable contacts for your future career including potential additional referees for your job applications.

Find a company to suit you

It's your responsibility to get a placement, but we will give you information, advice and guidance.

We have strong links with some of the world's biggest companies and organisations and can help you find the right placement, complete the recruitment process and get into the role.

Here are some examples of the companies and organisations where our students have done their placements.

Faculty of Engineering & Design

  • Dyson
  • Intel
  • Unilever
  • Williams F1

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

  • European Parliament, Brussels
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons

Faculty of Science

  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

School of Management

  • Apple
  • BMW
  • PwC
  • Unilever

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