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Gain valuable experience in the workplace

There is a growing need for biomedical scientists in the private and public sectors. A great way to ensure that you are appealing to these prospective employers, and to gain valuable experience, is through a placement.

Choosing your placement

cancer cellsA placement will help you to put your new skills in context and get used to the working environment. Our most comprehensive placement scheme is a year-long placement taken between your second and third years. You will work in a biomedical environment as an employee for a year. Students who have taken these placements have often been offered a position within the employer's organisation after their graduation.

We recognise that in some cases, a year-long placement may not be practical. A very popular option is a shorter placement taken in 6-8 weeks over summer as part of the University of Reading's UROP scheme (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme).


Where can you work?medical genetics

The School of Biological Sciences has an excellent relationship with employers in the biomedical field, which will help you find a placement with an organisation that fits your requirements.  

Students have recently taken placements in hospitals, research institutes and pharmaceutical and academic laboratories.

Support as you work


One of the advantages of taking a placement is that you will be able to work with full support from the School. You will be thoroughly briefed on the employer's requirements and expectations before the placement begins. We have a dedicated Industrial Placement Officer who will be available to give you advice and visit you on-site to ensure that you are settling in. You will also be able to discuss progress with your tutor.


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.

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