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.

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"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 Jacob's 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.

Information about your placement

Get help finding a placement

How to find a placement including when to start looking, where to look and what types of roles to apply to.

Completing your academic module

During your placement you will be expected to complete coursework related to your placement experience.

Approving your placement

You must get your placement approved before you can start your placement.

Before you start your placement

What to do after receiving placement approval.

When you start your placement

Settling in to placement life, making a good impression, what to expect in your first week and keeping in touch.

Placement costs and finance

Tuition fee costs and living costs funding as well as how much you can earn whilst doing a placement.

Support during your placement

There’s plenty of help available while you're on placement.

Returning to your studies after a placement

What to do before starting your studies again after completing your placement.


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Bristol Business School placements

Find out about placements available through Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol.

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Nursing and Midwifery placements

Your placements with our partners in Nursing and Midwifery will provide the necessary experience for a successful career after university.

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 contact the placement team by:

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