Improve your employability with a science placement year

Take advantage of our links with industry and apply for a science placement during your course. You could earn around £20,000 and boost your career options.

Gain professional experience

A placement gives you the opportunity to graduate with both knowledge and experience.


Nadia Jaszczynska, BSc Natural Sciences

All our undergraduate courses give you the option of going on a placement and you can decide whether you want to go on a placement after you’ve started your course. Around 60% of all science students do choose to go on one.

  • placements give you the opportunity to make contacts and try out future career options to see if it's what you really want to do.
  • they're valuable for developing transferable skills to enhance your CV, including improving your problem solving abilities, time management skills and prioritising tasks to meet deadlines.
  • you'll have the chance to put what you've learnt so far on your course to practical use. Students say the skills they develop on placement are useful for completing the rest of their studies.

'I think the placement helped me to be better at university. I'd get up every day at 7 in the morning and be productive and that's what I applied in my 3rd year as well. I'd get up to campus earlier than I used to and then use the day.' — Nadia Jaszczynska, BSc Natural Sciences including placement

As a graduate with employment experience you're more likely to be highly valued and sought after by employers. Some students receive a graduate job offer from their placement employer.

Placement case study

Computer science student, Damask Talary-Brown talks about how her placement year led to a job offer at Morgan Stanley.


Earn as you learn

Placement students are valuable to employers. Many of our placements are paid.


Lewis Dixon on placement at Sun Chemicals in Somerset

In 2017/18, 56% of science placements were paid. The average salary was £19,014 with most students earning between £15,000 and £25,0001. Earnings may vary depending on the degree and the placement.

'A paid placement is nice. It's a higher standard of living than when you're trying to stretch a student budget.' —Lewis Dixon, MChem Chemistry including placement year


Access to a range of companies and institutes

We have 50 years of experience offering placements and links with some of the world’s leading research institutions and companies.


Portrait of Rebecca Lane

Many of our employers only take Bath students and over 450 employers advertise placements with us.

Recent employers include:

  • BAE Systems
  • CERN
  • GSK
  • JP Morgan
  • PayPal
  • Science & Technologies Facilities Council

Support and guidance every step of the way

Placement opportunities can't be guaranteed but you will receive tailored support from our specialist team to help you secure a placement.


We have a team of staff within the Faculty of Science dedicated to supporting you in your search for a placement. They'll help you find available positions and advise you about CVs and interviews. They run skills workshops to prepare you for the recruitment process and will stay in regular contact with you throughout the year.

Each member of the placements team is a specialist in a certain subject. They'll be able to offer in-depth advice to both you and your placement employer and are experts in matching students with employers.

You will also be visited by a member of staff while you're on placement to ensure you get the best experience possible.

Lois Wayment photograph
‘My placement was really valuable, not just for chemistry, but for business development, getting used to emails and organising meetings and different relationships within the workplace.’
Lois Wayment MChem Chemistry including placement year (2017)

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  1. Figures provided by Faculty of Science placements team for 2017/18 academic year. 885 students went on a science placement. 496 were paid, 179 received living expenses and 210 were unpaid. Average salary figure from all our paid placements.