A Year in Industry is an opportunity to spend a year in employment during your studies, and is available to all undergraduate students studying within the School of Management. It will provide you with invaluable experience in the real working world and will help you develop a range of skills which will make you an attractive candidate for jobs after graduating.

There are countless benefits of completing a year in industry; and we’re proud that we can offer placement opportunities as part of all our undergraduate courses.

Our Year in Industry degrees are four-year degree programmes, where your third year is spent working in industry.

The 12 month placement is a credit-bearing (worth 120 credits), assessed part of a 4-year degree programme. This means that your performance on the assessment and completion of the placement will have an impact on your final degree classification, just as a year of taught modules would.

NOTE: If you wish to go undertake a Year in Industry in your third year of studies, you must complete and pass the Employability Skills Module as well as pass your overall studies. Get in touch with our Employability Team for more information.

If you are interested in getting work experience but don't want to do a year long industry placement, check out our Employability page.

What are the benefits of doing a Year in Industry?

With many employers increasingly looking for candidates with experience as well as academic achievement, work placements are becoming more and more important for students and the various benefits of undertaking a work placement are significant.



  • The skills gained whilst on placement will enhance a student’s learning and can be applied to modules in the final year of studies. 
  • A placement is proven to have a positive impact on a student’s final year academic performance as students are often more focused and better prepared for the graduate recruitment market.
Experience and employability
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  • Valuable work experience to add to a CV - putting students in a strong position to apply for graduate vacancies.
  • Experience of a formal application and employment process.
  • Helps students stand out from other candidates as they can offer both academic understanding and industry experience.
  • Preparation for, and exposure to, the graduate recruitment market.
  • Graduate recruiters within a business will often recruit from their undergraduate placement students, so when students obtain an undergraduate placement, if they perform well they may also be considered for a graduate role in the future.
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  • Student finance is available whilst on placement, at a reduced rate. This is case by case and will usually be means tested.
  • Whilst on placement, the tuition fees are reduced to 20% of the normal rate.
  • ERASMUS+ funding is available for students to apply for if they are considering placements within Europe.
  • Global Opportunities funding is available for students to apply for if they are considering placements outside of Europe.
  • Most placement opportunities are paid; salaries vary depending on industry, company and location of placement. For example, London based placements tend to pay more due to the cost of living in the London area - these are also highly competitive positions. 
  • If a salary is not on offer, expenses and living costs may be covered at the discretion of the employer.
Professional development and skills
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  • Business engagement development.
  • Work orientated skills that students may not gain within the typical classroom environment, e.g. interpersonal skills, presentation or team working skills.
  • Experience of workplace culture.
  • Keeping up-to-date with current developments in a student’s sector of interest.
  • Obtaining key contacts and building a network.
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  • Transferable Skills, such as building confidence and maturity.
  • Experience of a student’s ideal industry/role.
  • Continuous support from the Student Information Office, before, during and after a placement to help guide students through the process.

Hear from some of our Year in Industry students

Jodie Hennah

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"I have much more confidence now.

I have developed my transferable skills massively, allowing me to start off my career one step ahead. Through such a successful year I have been offered a post-graduate position, and this I am very excited for."

Placement: Siemens PLC
Position: Reward, Policy and Brexit Intern

"the best decision I have made in my life.

I was able to kick start my career and develop my skills further to a whole new level.
You look back and think proudly about what a lot you achieved in just one year of working."

Placement: Airbus - Filton, Bristol
Position: Procurement Internship, Buyer - Wing

Rob Holding

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Lucy Scarrett

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"I got immediate hands on experience.

I have not only learnt the technical aspects and responsibilities to fulfill the shoes of a HR consultant, but I have identified the essential employability skills that are fundamental in the workplace including teamwork, operating in a fast paced environment and the need to be resilient."

Placement: Alerts Logic
Position: HR Administrative Intern