Professional placements in the biological sciences
Taking a placement will allow you to gain valuable professional experience in the workplace, learn new skills and increase your visibility to employers.
What type of placement?
BSc Biological Sciences offers you three different routes to gain professional experience. You can opt to take your degree over four years and spend one of those years in industry. This placement is taken between your second and third year. If this is not practical for you, you may choose a placement module to gain experience. You also have the option of a paid studentship taken over six weeks during the summer holiday, working with organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.
Where can you work?
The biological sciences have a tremendously wide application in the modern world, and accordingly you will have lots of choice. From environmental management through to laboratory research, there are lots of potential careers - and many different employers willing to take on placement students. The School of Biological Sciences has excellent relations with employers from across the spectrum.
Support whilst you work
A placement is an excellent way to start your career because it allows you to work and still receive the expert advice and feedback of the academics within the School of Biological Sciences. We have a dedicated Placement Officer who will keep in touch with you throughout your placement and visit you on site to ensure that things are going well. Wherever you take your placement, we will not be far away.
Find out more about placements
The University is keen that everyone's placement should be as useful as possible. Learn more about institution-wide support for placements.