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Recruit engineering students for professional placements

How your company can employ our multi-skilled undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students for professional placements.

Contact our Placements Team to discuss employing our students

Real benefits for your company

Our placements scheme offers a mutually beneficial experience for both employer and student.

Becoming our placement provider is an opportunity for you to:

  • employ a highly capable student able to contribute new ideas to your company
  • develop the next generation of engineers
  • build long-term relationships that could lead to employment opportunities
  • raise your profile on campus by organising presentations, skills sessions, mock interviews for a future graduate workforce

Employ talented engineering students

Our Faculty ranks highly in the UK and has excellent graduate employment rates.

We develop courses in consultation with industry, equipping our students with the transferable skills needed for the workplace. Our students have the technical ability, creativity and teamwork experience needed by practising engineers. Students learn problem solving, decision making and communication skills during project-based work. We nurture innovation by encouraging students to take ideas from concept through to end product.

Our courses provide a breadth of theoretical and practical knowledge. Our learning environment prepares students to make an immediate contribution to your company and help you meet your business objectives. Our students can help you with:

  • designing and developing products and processes
  • research and development
  • dynamic modelling and simulation
  • data analysis and review
  • computer programming
  • project management

Meet our undergraduate students

Sam, Patrick, Heba, Felix and Ranjith put their academic knowledge into practice at their placement companies and achieved some great things.

Meet our postgraduate students

Harry Yu, tells us about his integrated three-month placement as part of our MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems course.

Flexibility to suit your needs

You can employ our undergraduate students for year-long placements or our postgraduate students for placements of three months. This gives you more options to find the right student for your company for the right length of time.

Our students work at your company as fully contracted employees, under the guidance of your experienced engineers. Most companies pay students between £16 - £28k a year with the average being £18,500.

All our engineering undergraduate degrees include optional year-long placements, allowing our students to bring two years' of core engineering knowledge and practical project experience to your workplace.

Our MSc Modern Building Design and MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems include integrated three-month placements. The placement starts after our students have completed their first two semesters to ensure they can bring fresh academic learnings to your company. Starting in June, the placement may run in parallel with our students' research dissertation which could be based on solving a problem your company proposes.

A dedicated team to support you

Our placements team and postgraduate partnerships team work with you to promote your opportunity.

We run one of the most established placements schemes in UK higher education. We placed over 350 students last year at a wide variety of employers, from small businesses to large multinational companies. We've recently worked with:

  • Diamond Light Source
  • 3P Innovation
  • BuroHappold
  • Unilever
  • Airbus
  • Laing O’Rourke

Placements start in June, July or August. Our team will make regular contact with our students during the placement. This is to gather feedback, check progress and ensure student well-being.

'Thank you for all your hard work promoting our engineering vacancies. We have had an excellent response and I am really impressed with the quality of the applications.' — Catherine Smith, Graduate and IP Recruitment, Smurfitt Kappa


If you or your company are interested in employing our students for a placement, please contact our placements team for undergraduate students and our postgraduate employability team for postgraduate students.