Graduate School

Information for students

Placements information for Postgraduate Students 

As well as earning extra money, a postgraduate placement will allow you to:

  • learn transferable skills, improve your CV and enhance your employment prospects
  • get first-hand experience of the job application process and adapting to a different workplace culture
  • gain experience of different workplaces, make professional contacts, and help you to decide which career or employer is right for you
  • take a unique approach to organisational research

Watch our student-made introduction to the PPN placements scheme:

Types of Placement

Our placements are designed to be flexible, so they fit in with your studies as well as the project’s requirements.

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham generally offers two types of placement:

  • part-time projects, up to 200 hours, for a period of 3-6 months
  • full-time 3 month internships 

(Other part-time and vacation work opportunities can be found via the Careers & Employability Service.)


The Application and Placement Process

  1. You register for placement news through the  Postgraduate Placements Portal and use the same site to apply for any vacancies that interest you.
  2. If you are short-listed, you will be invited to a formal interview with the employer, usually at their premises. 
  3. On being placed you will need to register with Unitemps, setting-up your bank details in order to receive your pay.
  4. An induction meeting between you and the employer will take place and the project can begin. We will be available to provide guidance and support to you throughout the duration of the project. 
  5. At the end of the project, you and the employer will be required to give us feedback on the project.  


Register to apply

Register by uploading your CV & covering letter and we'll send you email updates on the latest vacancies.


  • You must be a postgraduate student registered at The University of Nottingham for the duration of the placement.
  • If placed you will be required to register with Unitemps.
  • All students will require a National Insurance Number if placed.
  • International students can apply but should check on their Visa restrictions.
  • Any other restrictions are indicated on vacancy adverts.

Contact us

Kerry Wright,
Postgraduate Placements Manager

Geraldine Tonks, Postgraduate Placements Officer

t: 0115 95 14732

Getting Paid, Tax & Funding 

How much will I be paid?
The rate of pay will be specified in the placement vacancy advert. The majority of our part-time placements are paid at a rate of £10.30 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay).

When and how will I be paid?

Payments for work/hours already completed will be transferred directly into your bank account by Unitemps.

Payments are made monthly subject to the appropriate submission of accurate timesheets.


Will a placement affect my funding?

Our part-time placement opportunities should not affect or be affected by your funding status.

However, for longer term and full-time positions, please check with your funder first as individual circumstances and funding arrangements vary significantly.

Where can I get advice about Tax or National Insurance?



The Graduate School

The University of Nottingham
A floor, Highfield House
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 8400

Text: 07786209140 Email: