Real experience counts

Undertaking a placement is your stepping stone to experiencing life in the real world. You will apply the knowledge you have developed during your studies, increase your employment opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.

You’ll get first-hand experience in your chosen industry and, compared to graduates with no work-based experience, your employment chances will be increased substantially. Not only will you learn valuable skills on the job, enhance your CV and make industry contacts, you could potentially secure your first graduate role! 

We have a team of experienced Placement Coordinators who offer support and guidance before and during your placement. Although a year in industry is optional, we strongly encourage you to consider this fantastic opportunity.

student on engineering placement

"My placement year pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I’ve had countless new opportunities, made unforgettable memories and developed key life skills alongside professional ones. I now have a really strong foundation on which to build a future career within conservation."

Jacob, BSc(Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science
See Jacobs story

Jacob BSc(Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science

Your advice to other students?

Put yourself out there. The reason I secured this placement was thanks to my volunteering work at Bristol Zoo. I knew what was expected and needed in the role, so I was able to step into the position when they needed someone. If you don’t put yourself out there, those great experiences will pass you by.

Arash's placement experience

Arash Movahedi, BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering, talks to us about his experience on placement as a Product Developer at British American Tobacco.

Placement events

We organise a wide range of events covering everything you need to know about placements.

  • Pre-departure briefings
  • Placement open days
  • Drop-in sessions.

Take a look at what's coming up.

Contact the placement team

If you've got questions please call the placement team: