University of Bath

Enhance your career opportunities with a humanities and social sciences placement

Choose to put your degree into practice with a year long placement as part of your studies. Make the most of our professional links in the UK and overseas.

BSc (Hons) Sociology student Vyara Apostolova (left) speaking to a member of staff in an office while on placement at the House of Commons
Most of our undergraduate students choose to take a placement on their degree

Build your skills and stand out from the crowd

The placement year gives you the opportunity to use the theory you have learnt in a practical context, working alongside professionals in a ‘real world’ environment.

You will learn about an organisation and enhance your professional skills. Your work experience will give your CV the edge and help you stand out from the crowd.

You could improve your teamwork, communication, planning, prioritising and project management. You will build your professional network and discover future career paths. Some students are offered permanent graduate jobs by their placement providers.

You’ll return to university with a wealth of experience to apply to your final year. Sometimes your dissertation can be based on aspects of your placement you want to explore further.

I have really developed this year and I have been able to gain confidence in applying the skills I have learnt at university to a professional working environment.

Photo of Rebecca Thompson standing outside the Department for Work and Pensions.
Rebecca Thompson took her placement at the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Wide range of opportunities

Our Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences placements team is dedicated to nurturing close relationships with a wide range of employers to ensure you find a placement that best suits you.

Whether you aim to work for an international corporation or a local charity, we can point you in the right direction.

Depending on your course and interests, you could find a placement with:

  • public sector (UK Parliament, local government, schools, universities, social services, hospitals, recovery centres)
  • private sector organisations (consultancies, financial institutions, sporting facilities, fast-moving consumer goods companies)
  • non-profit organisations (charities and development initiatives both in the UK and abroad)

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Help and support every step of the way

The idea of a placement year might seem a bit daunting at first, but we have a well-established placement support system and dedicated team of Placement Officers. They will be there for you throughout the whole journey; from placement brainstorming in Year 1, CV and interview help in Year 2, regular contact with you on placement in Year 3, and debriefs in your final year.

Placements in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences