All our undergraduate courses give you the option of going on a placement and you can decide whether you want to go on a placement after you’ve started your course. Around 60% of all science students do choose to go on one.
- placements give you the opportunity to make contacts and try out future career options to see if it's what you really want to do.
- they're valuable for developing transferable skills to enhance your CV, including improving your problem solving abilities, time management skills and prioritising tasks to meet deadlines.
- you'll have the chance to put what you've learnt so far on your course to practical use. Students say the skills they develop on placement are useful for completing the rest of their studies.
'I think the placement helped me to be better at university. I'd get up every day at 7 in the morning and be productive and that's what I applied in my 3rd year as well. I'd get up to campus earlier than I used to and then use the day.' — Nadia Jaszczynska, BSc Natural Sciences including placement
As a graduate with employment experience you're more likely to be highly valued and sought after by employers. Some students receive a graduate job offer from their placement employer.