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Enhance your master's with a work placement or internship

Depending on your choice of master's degree from Bath you could gain valuable real-world experience and make contacts for your career.

Choosing a master's with a placement

Learn how placements work and how they can enhance your studies and employability.

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Some of our postgraduate courses offer a placement or internship,1 during which you'll work and apply your academic knowledge in a business or organisation directly related to your area of study.

You might also have the option to do a Practice Track or Consultancy Project instead of a dissertation.

Placements and internships usually last up to 12 months and can be based in the UK or in another country.2 Some placements are paid so you could earn a salary while you work.

During your placement or internship, your tuition fee pays for continued access to all University resources and support from:

  • placement teams
  • academic staff
  • the Wellbeing Service
  • the Students' Union
  • the Library

On some placements, you'll pay a reduced tuition fee.

Supporting you throughout your placement or internship

Bath's placements teams work with a range of organisations and have developed lasting relationships with the companies and charities they've placed students with in the past.

Placements and internships usually include a selection process. This could include submitting a CV and cover letter and taking part in psychometric tests, interviews, and an assessment centre. The employer will choose the best candidate for the role.

Your faculty's placement team will work alongside you to identify your personal objectives, develop your CV, and help you find a suitable placement. They will also organise practice interviews as well as placement-focused workshops within the faculty.

If you are disabled, our Careers Service and Disability Service will be able to provide guidance on disclosing your disability to your employer.

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Gain transferable skills and valuable insights

A placement or internship lets you collaborate with and learn from experts while making a meaningful contribution to a company or organisation that operates in your area of study.

The chance to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios is incredibly valuable while the transferable skills you'll develop could further enhance your employability. Placements also give you a unique opportunity to make a good impression on potential employers.

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A placement that fits your career ambitions

As a student, you have a variety of placement or internship options to suit your career plans.3 Our students have previously completed placements at organisations4 including multinational corporations overseas, small to medium-sized businesses in the UK, and start-ups in the local area.2

Depending on the course you choose, you could do a research-focused placement, or work for a non-governmental organisation or charity.4

Build valuable professional connections

Here are some of the organisations our students have completed placements or internships with.

Banking and consultancy

  • AB Dynamics
  • Mott MacDonald

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail

  • Decathlon
  • Unilever

Pharmaceutical and Science

  • Immunocore
  • STEMCELL technologies
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute

Public sector

  • Office for Students (OfS)

Utilities and infrastructure

  • EDF
  • Galliford Try

Technology and Design

  • Amazon
  • General Electric (GE) Aerospace
  • Siemens

Our reputation for graduate employability

Over 55 years ago the University of Bath was established to fuse academic thinking with practical experience. This is still at the core of what we do today. Bath graduates are highly valued and sought after by leading graduate employers.


93% of our UK-based graduates are in high-skilled employment 15 months after leaving the university5

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Ranked 6th for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 20256

‘Placements provide a very valuable experience that you cannot get in your normal study. I have learnt a lot about programming.’
Harry Yu MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems (2021)

Explore postgraduate courses with placements

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  1. 14% of our 2024 taught postgraduate courses offer a placement or internship 

  2. Some opportunities outside the UK might not be available to UK students because of visa restrictions and work permit requirements. We can't guarantee a specific placement in a specific country.  

  3. Placements are not guaranteed 

  4. Company names do not constitute any endorsement or sponsorship by the companies 

  5. Compared to 73% of employed graduates nationally - data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey for 2019-20 leavers relating to full-time UK-domiciled first-degree graduates entering work in the UK 15 months after leaving university 

  6. Complete University Guide rankings are based on undergraduate data