Faculty of Engineering

Introduction to placements

Placements in industry are available for students across the following departments:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering  
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering  
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Architecture and the Built Environment (Architectural Engineering courses only)
Stavrini, Civil Engineering student on placement at Bridgeway Consulting Limited

The Department of Architecture and Built Environment also have extensive links with architectural practice, which inform and enrich teaching. Students wishing to progress to our diploma course after the BArch or MEng will need experience in practice. Please see our year out in practice for more information.

The placement forms an assessed and integrated part of the programme and as such students remain fully registered during their year in industry.  There is a reduced tuition fee for this aspect of the course details of which can be found via the University Student Fees and Finance page, please look at the fee schedule for your year of entry onto the course and then look for the link to Exceptional Fees where “work placement year” is listed.  


We strongly encourage you to consider an industrial placement. This is your chance to:

  • develop your skills in an industry setting
  • improve your employment prospects – many students secure a graduate job as a direct result of a placement
  • see the practical results of your learning
  • earn money
  • secure funding for your remaining years of study
  • make contacts and meet professionals
  • get a real insight into the industry you are interested in

How do placements work?

Most students undertake a placement in the penultimate year of their programme.

  • Pre placement: A full programme of support is available from the Faculty Placement team to help you secure a suitable placement.
  • On placement: You will be employed and paid by your host company, however, you remain a fully registered student. You will receive support from an academic tutor and the Faculty Placement team, including visits where appropriate and guidance on making the most of your year.
  • Post placement: We will support you to fully integrate back into your course including co-ordinating module choices and projects.

Next steps

Now you know a little more about industrial placements, hear from our students about their experience.

Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

Faculty of Engineering

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