Study for a funded masters and gain work experience

If you are set to graduate this summer with a science, technology, engineering or maths degree you could apply for a place on the University’s Graduate Experience Scheme and gain a postgraduate qualification with real added value.

The scheme gives you the opportunity to study for a one-year masters programme at Bath and complete project-based work experience in a relevant local business – with funding.

It starts with a five-month work experience placement, ideally in June, with full academic support. At the end of the placement you return to campus to study the masters programme, sometimes continuing to work on the project.

The scheme will pay you during your placement and it also covers your University tuition fees.

Projects are drawn from across business including marketing, manufacturing and product design, to help businesses improve their performance and help company growth.

The scheme was successfully launched last year and Eatec engineering consultants based in Yate were one of the first firms to take on a graduate. Their project combined commercial and academic expertise to develop a new monitoring and assessment system put to use on Weston’s historic Birnbeck Pier.   

Postgrad Howard Richardson joined local firm Eatec in last year's scheme (l to r) Brian Jarvis, Director, Howard Richardson, Jon Avent from Mann Williams and Dr Dina D'Alaya academic adviser to the project

Clive Bailey, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme Manager at the University who runs the scheme, said: “This is a great opportunity for graduates to bank real work experience and gain a postgraduate qualification, with the additional benefit of financial support. We are looking for ambitious and commercially minded graduates who are committed to getting a good degree this summer.”

Diane Hay, Head of the University Careers Advisory Service said: “We know that postgraduate applications have risen across the country this year and the added value of work experience will help to set Bath students apart. Some companies may also use the placement as an opportunity to informally source future employees.”

To find out more about the scheme and the application process please contact Clive Bailey, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme Manager, before Friday 26 March,at c.bailey@bath.ac.uk or call 01225 385201.

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