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Undergraduate Placement FAQs

Who can undertake a placement?

The placement option is available with all undergraduate business courses (excluding Law). You should be registered on the placement version of your course in order to take this option. To ensure you're prepared for work in industry, you are required to pass all taught modules before undertaking a placement. Placements must be confirmed by 1 August for those starting their course in September and 1 December for those who start their course in January, for example, if you start your course in January 2022, you must confirm your placement by December 2021.

How do I find my placement?

We are here to help you. Our placements team are on hand to give you support, advice and access to a number of resources and roles to apply for.  We have connections with a number of local organisations who are looking for enthusiastic students to join them.

You are also encouraged to actively search for your own placement in order to find a company and role that will appeal to you and your interests. The role should relate to your area of study and the company must be approved by the University before you can enter into a contract with the company. 

Placements are not guaranteed and the responsibility of finding a placement rests with you. Like applying for any job, you should be prepared to apply for many different roles to ensure you secure a placement.

Where can I work?

Many of our students work locally to their campus or in London but you can work anywhere you wish in the UK. UK and EU students can also work internationally but please check this with your placements administrator. You should contact the appropriate bodies in the countries you wish to work in to gain advice. Locations of previous placements include: Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Switzerland, Germany, Chile, India and the US.

Will I be paid?

We encourage all undergraduate students to take a paid placement. Typically salaries vary but you are likely to earn between £12,000 and £20,000 or more for a full years placement.

Do I have to pay fees or other costs in my placement year?

As an undergraduate you will pay a reduced fee of £1,250 for your placement year. You may also be able to claim student finance to support you during this year. You will be responsible for any additional costs incurred in relation to your placement such as travel costs, laptops/mobile phones, clothing, materials etc. 

How long is a placement?

Undergraduates should complete 36 weeks for the placement module. This can be made up of 1 or 2 placements with a minimum of 12 weeks i.e. 1x 36 week placement or 1x24 weeks and 1x12 weeks. 

When can I start?

Placements can begin as soon as your second year of studies have been successfully completed. Your placement does not officially start counting towards the 36 weeks until 1 July or 1 January depending on whether you started your course in September or January).

How am I assessed?

Your assessment will be a reflective assignment which looks back at your experience in the workplace. For full details on your assessment refer to the module definition form. 

For further information or to discuss the placement option, please contact our Student Engagement Team at [email protected]