Industrial placements and placement years
Integrated industrial placements
A number of courses at Nottingham include an integrated industrial year that is a compulsory assessed part of the degree programme.Typically the placement or job role will be aligned to your field of study.
The courses offering these placements include: bioscience, chemistry, computer science, engineering, neuroscience, pharmaceutical science and physics.
You can discuss how to find your placement with your personal tutor, placement coordinator in your school, or a member of our team.
Optional placement year
Students on a course without an integrated compulsory industrial year can opt to undertake a placement at the end of their penultimate year of study. This minimum nine-month placement can be aligned to your degree discipline or it can be in an unrelated field that is more related to an area of career interest.
Undertaking an optional placement year will extend a three-year degree programme to four years (or a four-year degree programme to five years).
If you wish to consider an optional placement year please:
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Studentships for science students
If you would like to gain hands-on experience in a research laboratory over the summer, there are a range of academic societies and charities which offer summer studentships.
These projects typically last 6-8 weeks and take place between your second and third year, or your third and fourth if you are on a four-year course.
Some useful places to start your search are:
Work shadowing involves spending some time, perhaps a day or two, observing someone at work to gain a flavour of their responsibilities and job activities.
Networking and contacting companies directly will help you identify possible people you could shadow.