University of Bath

Improve your employability with an engineering placement year

Put your theory into practice with a year-long, paid placement during your engineering degree. You could earn between £15,000 and £23,000.

Student on placement at GE Aviation
Alice Richardson on placement at GE Aviation

Work alongside professional engineers

A placement year is a great opportunity to get paid while you learn alongside professional engineers in a commercial environment. All our BEng and MEng degrees give you the option of a year-long placement. You have up until the end of your second year to choose whether to take one or not.

The experience you get on placement will build your confidence and help you discover new areas of interest. When you return to studies, you'll find the skills you've developed can be applied to the rest of your degree. It can also help your career progression as it counts towards becoming a chartered engineer.

On placement, you could work on projects in:

  • design and innovation
  • operations and production
  • electronic and electrical systems
  • energy and the environment

Depending on where you work, you may get the chance to use advanced equipment or learn about new technologies. You could work with particle accelerators, supercomputers, formula 1 cars, superconducting magnets or robots.

Download our Faculty placements brochure

Watch our students on placement

Access to a range of companies

We have relationships with small and large businesses in the UK and abroad. You could go on placement at a small start-up, a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or an international company. Our placement employers include:

  • Airbus
  • BuroHappold
  • Dyson
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rolls Royce Motor Cars
  • Transport for London
  • Unilever

Read our students' placement experiences on our blog

Support and guidance every step of the way

We have a team of staff dedicated to supporting you in your search for a placement. They will 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. You will also be visited by academic staff to ensure you get the best experience possible.