Skip to main content

Why your business should employ a humanities and social sciences placement student

Employ motivated, talented and multi-skilled students from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences through our placement scheme.

Contact our placements team to discuss employing our students

Real benefits for your organisation

Our placement scheme offers a mutually beneficial experience for employers and students.

Studying subjects such as economics, education, politics, psychology, modern languages and sports science, our students have a broad range of knowledge and skills.

This, alongside teaching influenced by up-to-date research, ensures they bring new insights and a real understanding of how the latest industry developments impact the workplace.

'Our relationship with the University of Bath gives us access to undergraduate students who are hungry for the opportunity to develop themselves and give as much as they take. As a result it’s a pleasure to support their development and a source of great satisfaction to see them grow during their time with us.' - Phillip Dicks, Director at Performance Advantage Ltd.

The key reasons to be a placement provider

Our courses rank highly in the UK and are well-known for excellent graduate prospects. By becoming a placement provider, you will get:

  • fresh ideas and talent with contemporary knowledge
  • early relationships with some of the UK’s most talented future graduates
  • a cost-effective way to increase the skills and expertise in your business
  • the chance to develop and invest in the next generation
  • opportunities to raise your profile with a future graduate workforce
Find out how to employ a Bath student
A young man smiling stood next to a Cancer Research UK logo on an office wall.
A group of people using laptops at a table.
‘Having the opportunity to bring someone in who can hit the ground running and give them experience at the same time is brilliant for everyone.’
Heather Buchanan Director of Policy & Strategy, APPG on Fair Business Banking

How our placements work

Most of our undergraduate courses, and some of our postgraduate taught courses, give students the opportunity to go on a placement as part of their degree.

Undergraduate placements

Our undergraduate students study a wide range of courses across our academic departments.

The majority of our placements run for 30 to 40 weeks, starting between June and September. A smaller number start between January and March. Some courses offer short-term placement opportunities (minimum 12 weeks).

Our students work in the UK or internationally, depending on the course they study.

Our undergraduate courses by department

Postgraduate placements and engagement

Our postgraduate courses are designed around real-world application and are influenced by the latest academic research.

Some of our courses offer opportunities for employers to work with students. These range from placements to short-term consultancy projects:

Strong relationships with leading businesses

We work with a wide range of placement providers across many different sectors.

From major corporations and government departments, through to SMEs, non-profit organisations and research institutions; we help our talented students find placement opportunities every year.

Here are just a few examples of where our students have worked during their placements:

  • Bank of America
  • Global Giving
  • Google
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies (LDS) at Harvard University
  • House of Commons
  • IBM
  • Manchester United Football Club
  • Millfield School
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • Unilever

'The exceptional academic and personal qualities that we have come to associate with students from the University of Bath; their passion to learn and develop; their willingness to question and challenge; their commitment and work ethic, ensures that they become a valuable asset to the business and are complementary to our permanent workforce.' - Ian Pledger, Vice President at Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

Dedicated support to find the right students

Our experience means we know what employers need.

We are here to help every step of the way, from advertising your vacancy and providing information on your responsibilities, to preparing our students for their placement at your organisation.

We also make regular contact with our students during their placement to check their progress and wellbeing, and ensure the placement is benefitting everyone.

Find out more about our placements team
A young woman smiling towards the camera with some boxed food products next to her on a table.

Become a placement provider

Find out how to employ our students

Advertising a placement is free and easy. Our team will ensure your opportunity reaches the right students.

If you want to discuss employing a placement student or have any questions, please email us at

Placement provider brochures

Download our placement provider brochures Our placement provider brochures contain more information for employing students from each of our departments.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us.