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Enhance your employability with a humanities and social sciences placement

Put your degree into practice and gain vital experience with a placement. Placements can be in the UK or overseas, and some are paid.

Stand out from the crowd, build your skills

Placements can improve your employability and put you in a better place for life after university.

Most of our courses offer professional placement opportunities. During your placement, you will spend up to a year with a business or organisation using what you have learnt on your course in the workplace.

You’ll be a valued member of a real-world working team, get insights into the career path you want, and contribute to projects and services. On top of this, you’ll have fun, make friends and build your professional network.

Some of our courses allow you to study or work abroad option. As part of this, you can do a placement in an organisation in a different country.

Why you should do a placement

Placements can give you an advantage in a competitive job market. They are:

  • valued by employers
  • great for your CV
  • a different way to gain new and transferable skills (and sometimes professional qualifications)
  • a chance to find out more about the career you want
  • a potential route into full-time employment

'It doesn’t matter what the outcome is. Love it or hate it, it’s only going to be useful for you. You get to learn so many skills and be exposed to so many experiences.'

Richard Lee, placement at Gymshark

Read more about Richard's story
A young man standing next to a shipping container with the Gymshark logo on it.

Big opportunities with a wide range of employers

Depending on your course and interests, you could work in one of many sectors. Here are some organisations our placement students have worked for.

Public sector

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • House of Commons
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Crime Agency
  • Office for National Statistics

Private sector

  • Bath Rugby Club
  • Dyson
  • ESPN
  • KPMG
  • L'Oréal
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nike
  • The Walt Disney Company

Non-profit organisations

  • Global Giving
  • Latin American Foundation for the Future
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • Unicef Jordan
  • World Hope International

International organisations

  • American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, Belgium
  • Dulwich College, Singapore
  • Grant Thornton, India
  • Harvard University, United States
  • Morgan Stanley, Germany
  • New South Wales Waratahs, Australia
  • Save the Children, Jordan

Whether you want to work in the public sector, private sector, or for a non-profit organisation, or in a large business or an SME, we will support you.

Our placements team builds close relationships with a broad set of employers in the UK and across the world. These connections can help you find the right opportunity.

A young woman (Simona Koleva) smiling while stood in the foyer of a large building.
‘I think working for such a big company and going out of my comfort zone was very useful for me; I had to improvise and adapt.’
Simona Koleva - placement at IBM, winner of ‘Best Placement Student’ prize at the NUE Awards 2022 BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics (2022)

Our placement courses


Most of our undergraduate courses include a placement option.

Undergraduate placements typically happen in Year 3 of your course, lasting six months to a year.

More about our undergraduate courses with a placement.


Some of our postgraduate taught courses include a placement, or a project with an external business.

Timings vary to align with employers’ activity. Some take place at a set time, while others happen alongside or towards the end of your studies.

More about our postgraduate taught courses with a placement.

'There’s a wide spectrum of opportunities that you're exposed to during a placement. I would say it's one of the best opportunities for you to get a step ahead.'

Cici Xia, placement at ING

How we help

You won't be alone during your placement.

Our placements team are dedicated to supporting you at every stage.

From applying, through to regular catch-ups during your placement and a final review at the end, we're here to help you.

It will be your responsibility to arrange a placement. However, we will provide support and advice, while our employer connections help to increase your chances of finding a suitable placement.

All of our courses with a placement option include Professional Development Programme (PDP) sessions.

These timetabled sessions are designed to help you:

  • develop your CV writing and job application skills
  • get you ready for interviews
  • prepare you for aptitude and skills tests
  • increase your practical skills ready for real-world workplaces

Our placements team will provide support and advice throughout the process, and regularly organise talks and events with employers and previous students.

We can’t guarantee specific placement opportunities, but we have a well-established placement support system and dedicated team of Placement Officers to help you.

You will have check-in sessions with a member of the placements team during your placement. These will take place either in person or via video calls.

Experience and a salary

Although not every placement opportunity is paid, some offer a salary.

No matter what placement you do, you'll gain important experience. Some of our students also earn a salary, which helps with living expenses and other costs. Salaries are largely dependent on the sector you choose to work in and are not guaranteed.

If you're an international student, you will be able to do a paid placement if you have a Tier 4 student visa.

During your placement, you’ll pay reduced tuition fees Read more about tuition fees while on placement or studying abroad.

Your tuition fees during your placement will contribute to a range of services and support. Find out more about what your tuition fees pay for while you're on your placement.

Student placements blog

Our students share their placement experiences.

A student working on his laptop at a desk.

Our student placement blogs will help you discover what it’s really like on placement. Our bloggers offer insights into the professional workplace, and the social aspects of doing a professional placement or time abroad, plus tips on making the most of the experience.

You can also follow our placements Instagram account. We regularly share real-life placement stories and have takeovers hosted by students during their placements.

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