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Placements and Work Experience Opportunities

The Faculty of Science and Environment offers a variety of bachelor and masters courses that include placements and work experience opportunities for students. The faculty encourages as many students as possible to benefit from work experience and the nature and length of opportunities is varied. These opportunities range from:

  • Work-based learning modules of varying durations, to
  • One year placements undertaken during year three


School of Biological Sciences 

Placement year - a minimum of six months full-time or part-time equivalent work in the UK or overseas. This can be done as two separate placements of three months duration.

Work based learning modules - a minimum of 20 days working for a host organisation during your second year (most students undertake this during the summer after completion of the first year).

School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences


School of Computing and Mathematics

Computing, Networks, Web Applications, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics - a minimum of 48 weeks with a suitable organisation in industry, commerce or the public sector, between years 2 and 3 of the degree course of study.

Work based learning modules
Computing two year fast track degree industrial consultancy module of 200 or 600 hrs (combination of part time/full-time), during final year.
Computing Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics - one day per week for 24 weeks, during final year.

A number of postgraduate programmes also offer a placement year a minimum of 48 weeks, undertaken after the first two taught terms and examinations and prior to the dissertation/project module.

School of Computing and Mathematics


School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Geography placement year - a minimum of six months full-time or part-time equivalent work in the UK or overseas.

Geography work based learning - a minimum of 80 hours (approximately 10 working days) normally after completion of year two, as a block during the holidays or its equivalent for shorter periods completed over several months.

Chemistry work based learning and environmental enterprise work based learning - a minimum of six weeks full time work on a specific project, during the summer, between the second and third year.

Postgraduate programmes offering work based learning:

  • MSc Environmental Consultancy - a period of eight weeks during March /April
  • MSc Sustainable Environmental Management - approximately 90 hours, either part time during term time or full time during the summer or Christmas vacation.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


School of Marine Science and Engineering

Mechanical/Marine and Civil Engineering -  a minimum of 48 weeks with a suitable organisation in industry, commerce or the public sector, between years two and three of the degree course of study.

A number of postgraduate programmes also offer a placement year a minimum of 48 weeks, undertaken after the first two taught terms and examinations and prior to the dissertation/project module.

School of Marine Science and Engineering