Enhance your career opportunities with a humanities and social sciences placement

Put your degree into practice and apply for a year-long work placement. It could be in the UK or overseas and many of our placements are paid.

Build your skills and stand out from the crowd

A placement year gives you the opportunity to use the theory you've learnt in the classroom for real, gaining experience for your CV and making new contacts to help with your future career.


Photo of Rebecca Thompson standing outside the Department for Work and Pensions.

Going on placement while on your course is a great way to find out more about the world of work. You can try out a career direction, or make contacts in your chosen field. The experience could really help your CV stand out from the crowd.

Along with specific skills for a particular field of work, many of our students who've been on placement say it was invaluable in improving their professional skills such as teamwork, writing emails, planning, prioritising and project management. 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. Your dissertation could 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.' Rebecca Thompson, placement at the Department for Work and Pensions.

HSS placements

Hear from our students about the benefits and process of going on placement.


A wide range of opportunities

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


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

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)

Help and support every step of the way

Placement opportunities aren't guaranteed. but we have a well-established placement support system and dedicated team of Placement Officers to help you.


The idea of a placement year might seem a bit daunting at first, but our highly experienced team are available to help you throughout the whole journey.

Placement support includes:

  • placement options brainstorming in year 1
  • CV and interview help in year 2
  • regular contact with you on placement in year 3
  • final year debrief

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