Industry placement

Get experience in an engineering consultancy, construction company, architectural practice or government institution in the UK or abroad and increase your future employability.

Between the second and final year of your course, you can choose to undertake an optional year long work placement. You will experience first-hand a professional working environment, understand the internal working practices of a company in the architecture and engineering sectors, advance your practical knowledge of the design and construction of buildings, as well as experience the managerial aspects involved in the production of buildings.

You will receive advice and guidance to arrange your placement, including preparing for the selection and interview process. A tutor from the university will support you on your placement and ensure you are receiving a valuable learning opportunity.

Our links with industry will help you find a suitable placement that will enhance your studies and may lead to future employment after you graduate.

Many of our students return to the university for the final year of their studies with a job offer for after they graduate and sometimes financial sponsorship for their tuition fees.

Examples of architectural engineering placements include: 

  • ARUP
  • Atkins
  • BuroHappold
  • Hoare Lea
  • Hydrock
  • Kier Construction
  • Mitchell Architects
  • SDS Engineering Consultants
  • WSP

What are the benefits of a placement year?

  • " Many placements lead to permanent employment after graduation
  • * Financial sponsorship for degree tuition fees
  • x Develop your awareness of potential future career paths
  • Å Work experience can really stand out on your CV and you will be better placed to compete against other new graduates
  • > Learn and develop valuable work-related skills, which you will be able to evidence on your CV and at interview
  • % Gain professional knowledge and skills that will help you towards the successful completion of your final year of study, particularly in your dissertation
  • A Useful relationships with potential future employers
  • < Developing a personal network with the industry
  • $ Typically earn between £15,000-£20,000